How to effectively manage employees who work from home: The dos and don’ts

There is an increasing ideology for the work from home movement. Remote work has many benefits but with those benefits comes some difficulties. From a managing standpoint, here are some tips to help you manage your team to ensure they are effective:


1. Have regular check-ins and meetings.

In order to effectively manage your remote workers, maintain check-ins and have regular meetings. This will allow you to not only communicate with your team to ensure familiarity with what they are doing but also to communicate any business goals and targets that you have, any changes that need to be made, stay up to date with work as a whole and establish communication with your employees in a positive and cohesive work environment. You want to build comradery in your business and ensure comfortable communication among the employees.

Regular check-ins will help maintain the productivity of your employees. You should take the initiative to communicate with your employees. You cannot expect them to know when to check in with you. Instead, you should create and stipulate the expectations you have. To further facilitate communication, you should create a platform for them to use. If you do not want to build your own, plenty of platforms are available to download and share within your working environments.


2. Use productivity tracking software.

Aside from the practices that you implement with your staff, another way to ensure that your team is as productive as possible is the use of different tracking software. Using software for working from home connects to servers that communicate with each other and allow you to maintain order with your employees. This type of software keeps a record and data of your employees’ work throughout the day, allowing you to monitor the progress in real time. 


3. Don’t track and view employees’ information without their consent.

If you use tracking software to monitor your employees, you must not abuse it. Respect their privacy as you want them to respect yours. If you are going to view screens and closely monitor what your staff is doing, you have to let them know.

The tracking software should not breach privacy. It can simply be used to highlight work milestones and targets achieved. You want to develop a sense of trust within your work environment as your employee morale can easily change and deteriorate if you are trying to actively micromanage their work.


4. Don’t push employees to overwork.

Working from home provides many benefits. You can easily contact your employees in the event of work emergencies and sudden changes that need to be made. This may translate to your employees working extra hours but you should not make this a regular habit. Employees can burn out and bring negative emotions to the job if your expectations are too high. Just because you can easily contact employees around the clock does not mean you should. Encourage your employees to balance personal life and work. With ample time off, your employees will come to work with more energy and more productivity.

As companies make a transition to allow for more work from home capabilities, they should also make adjustments in their practices and mindsets. Understanding the different difficulties, flexibility and the dynamics of working in conjunction with each other can help make your business with your work from home employees function efficiently.

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