How to Remain Connected to Remote Workers
During Times of Crisis
In recent weeks, we’ve experienced a global, cultural shift to fully-remote working as companies have been forced to pivot in the wake of the rapid spread of COVID-19.
The “New Normal”
Remote working strategies don’t just help companies secure talent. They have the potential to bring financial and strategic advantages too. Businesses can cut operating costs and become more agile in competitive markets. While there has been a major upward trend in the number of people working remotely, according to Owl Labs, 44% of companies around the world do not offer any remote work.
You shouldn’t fear this “new normal.” It turns out, remote work can be good for business. Research conducted by leading flexible workspace provider IWG, shows that 85% of businesses confirm that productivity has increased in their company because of greater flexibility.
Additionally, Staples’ 2019 Workplace Survey states that 90% of employees say allowing for more flexible work arrangements and schedules would increase employee morale, while 77% say allowing employees to work remotely may lead to lower operating costs.
With so many perceived benefits to remote working, it seems that risks to adopting fully-remote policies are quite low. But, while policies are important, proper digital communication strategies are more important now than ever. Remote employees need to feel connected to their employer, managers, and coworkers, especially if face-to-face communication is limited.
So, how can you remain connected to your remote workers and ensure they are well informed during times of crisis and beyond?