Remote workforces are proving to be highly beneficial for business, but organizations should have a policy in place that outlines the expectations of workers, IT, and the company as a whole. This ebook lists 10 key areas to address when you create guidelines for your remote workers.
From the ebook:
Fully remote jobs and work-from-home policies are on the rise, particularly in the tech industry. Typically embraced for its flexibility, remote work has been made possible by mobile devices and cloud-based applications, said 451 Research senior analyst Raul Castanon-Martinez. Now that people can conduct the same work at home, motivation for coming into the office has plummeted.
Most traditionally staffed organizations begin by allowing employees to trial remote working part time to test the waters, Castanon-Martinez said. But he believes this will lead to an “’Uber-ization’ of the workforce,” with more people shifting to full-time remote positions.
Indeed, more than a third of full-time employees are projected to work remotely in the next 10 years, according to a recent report from Upwork. Currently, 63% of companies have at least some remote workers—yet the majority don’t have any remote work policy in place, the report said.
The lack of policies isn’t that surprising, though. “Unspoken or informal policies are more common,” Castanon-Martinez said. “This is probably a result of the learning curve that organizations go through in the early stages.” Remote jobs are still a new concept, and companies need to adapt.
But unspoken rules can create confusion. To set employees up for success, companies need to outline their expectations. Without remote work policies, a disconnect can develop between employees and their supervisors, which is unproductive and unhelpful.
Here are 10 guidelines to kick off your remote work policy.