Does Remote Working increase Productivity and Save Time?
Working remotely is a challenge. A home office can subject you to potential distractions and disorganization. However, it’s untrue that remote workers are far less productive than employees working at the office. The number of remote work positions has doubled in the United States in the past five years.
This style of work provides flexibility, convenience and the ability for you to care for your family or even adapt your work environment to suit your health issues. A study published in the Harvard Business Review demonstrated that remote employees are far more occupied and committed to their work than employees in an office. This study also found that remote teams are more focused, use better tools, have a greater desire to connect and don’t hesitate to communicate.
So if you’re leading a remote team, how can you ensure they’re productive? Consider the following tips for saving time and improving productivity:
1. Provide Time Management Training
This is the first step to getting your team to work effectively. Teaching them how to manage tasks and time during the day, week, month, and year will significantly improve your team’s organizational skills.
Time management is a discipline which is taught and practiced throughout the business world. Get your remote team to watch a webinar, take an online course or training module or even read a book to improve their time management skills. It will help them apply it to their work.
2. Control and Document
It’s important to know when your remote team members are working, on what they’re working and for how long. The best way to capture this information is by implementing project management software. This tool can track each remote employee’s activities and collate them into different types of reports. You can even create billable/non-billable hours, reporting, invoicing, etc. This software enables your team to apply their time management skills learned during the training program.
Technology and software such as laptops, the Internet, mobile phones, time tracking, and project management have made remote work possible. When remote teams implement these in their work, they perform better. It also helps them stay in touch with team members, submit work and even remain accountable to the company.
Asking questions on both sides should be encouraged. Your team can learn about you, and you can learn about them. This is an excellent way to improve communication, collaboration, and workflow.
Implementing deadlines becomes even more necessary when you’re dealing with employees based in different parts of the world (and different time zones). Therefore every task and activity must be planned, assigned and performed accordingly. This eliminates risks and ensures the task is completed on time.
6. Shared Experience
Try and meet up with your remote team at least once a year. This will increase camaraderie and help you unite as a team. Annual meets help you learn about one another. They enable you to share your ideas and thoughts. It’s also the best way to summarize the previous year’s achievements and discuss plans for the upcoming year.
Managing a remote team doesn’t have to be about control. By implementing the tips mentioned above, you can teach and help remote teams save time and achieve better project management skills. This directly improves productivity.
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