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Almost three months back, remote work was imposed on organizations across the globe due to COVID-19. A good-to-have organizational policy turned into a necessity, practically overnight.
This watershed moment in the global economy has underlined many challenges of working remotely. It caught businesses off-guard without giving them the time to establish specific guidelines and policies to work remotely, effectively.
With every passing week of working remotely, organizations are evolving and equipping themselves with best practices to ensure business continuity and productivity of remote workers. With effective employee communication, engagement initiatives, and adequate support from managers and coworkers, a remote work setting can be made exciting and empowering for everyone involved.
After understanding the collective concerns of organizations, we’ve compiled a handbook to help you, your managers and your workforce to navigate these uncharted waters.
Welcome to the new age of remote work! We hope this guide helps you feel at home (literally) in this new ‘normal.’
This is the time for organizations to extend their full support through resource provision, proactive communication, positive engagement, and well-being initiatives. Minor initiatives can go a long way in making your employees feel cared for and instill a sense of belonging.
Managers of remote teams might often question their methods and strategies, due to a lack of familiarity with working in a remote setting. However, managers can play a significant role in overcoming the setbacks of remote work. Here is how managers can help ease the situation:
In addition to multiple distractions at home, the absence of face-to-face communication, and the feeling of isolation, remote employees are expected to adapt to the new setting without considerable loss to their productivity. Working from home has its challenges, but here are some ways employees can balance their work and home fronts:
Originally published June 23 2020, Updated June 17 2021
Bhuvi is a content marketer at Mercer | Mettl. She's helped various brands find their voice through insightful thought pieces and engaging content. When not scandalizing people with her stories, you’ll find her challenging gender norms, dancing to her own tune, and crusading through life, laughing.
Remote work assessment is designed to help organizations gauge the readiness of their 'work from home' employees. The evaluation measures specific competencies such as self-direction, stress management, accountability, collaboration, etc., necessary for the efficiency and productivity of 'work from home' employees.