If you read our
2020 workplace trends blog, you’ll have seen that it’s predicted
that remote working will be a prominent trend this year. The number of people who
work from home has increased by 104% since 2005, and
studies have predicted that 73% of all departments will have remote workers
by 2028. More of Gen Z are beginning to enter the workforce and remote working is
one of their top priorities when applying for jobs.
When you look at the benefits of remote working, it’s no wonder why it’s gained so
much popularity. Employers have seen improved productivity and employee loyalty;
studies have shown that 76% of workers are more willing to stay with their company
if they offer remote working. Employees also report benefits of less stress and a
better work-life balance.
However, the words ‘remote working’ are not always spoken with positivity. Some
employers are reluctant to introduce this style of flexible working due to reported
problems with it. That’s why we decided to write this blog; today we’re going to
help your business overcome some of the common problems of remote working.
Isolation and loneliness
It’s no secret that remote working can improve a lot of people’s productivity.
Getting your head down at home or in a coffee shop with no workplace distractions of
the phones ringing or colleagues talking about what they’re having for dinner that
night; it’s a great way to focus and meet your deadlines. However, it’s very easy to
start isolating yourself and becoming lonely because of the lack of interaction with
Encourage employees to arrange regular meetings or video calls with each other to
catch up about projects, or organise team-building events to ensure that there is
still an interaction between all colleagues so that remote workers don’t begin to
feel isolated from the rest of the team.
Lack of team communication
Following on from the above is a lack of communication between colleagues. With some
colleagues working remotely, it’s easy for teams to forget to communicate with each
other or find that communication becomes difficult to have.
One way to resolve this is to ensure that there are regular meetings organised where
the team can outline deadlines, share ideas and discuss who is working on particular
tasks. Another way to overcome this problem of remote working is to invest in
collaboration software such as Slack
Unwinding from work
It’s quite common for employees to over-work themselves when remote working. Some
people will do more than required just to prove that they are actually working when
they’re not in the office; this can cause more stress than being in the office.
Set specific working hours for your employees and encourage them to switch off their
devices when they’ve worked those hours. Another option is to invest in some project
management software, like Monday.com which we spoke about in the point above, so
that employees can record when they’re working on certain tasks or have completed
them; this can prevent the feeling of needing to do more than required to show that
they are working.
One of the common problems that comes up when talking about remote working is
cybersecurity. Businesses have reported experience with cybersecurity issues due to
remote working, particularly when employees are working in places where they will
connect to public WiFi such as coffee shops. However, it is something that can be
Whether you’re introducing remote working or not, it is always worth investing in
security software and installing this on all of your employees’ devices. You should
also ensure that anything with company data on is password protected. An offline
solution could also be screen filters.
Keeping track of working hours
When you introduce remote working to your business, you have to have trust in your
employees that they are working their hours. However, if you do need to keep track
of your employees’ working hours, the evolution of modern tech can help. Some
visitor management systems can also be used for managing
staff hours. Staff can
clock in and out wherever they are working, and if the system you use has geotagging
you can also see where they’ve been working.
Sign In App is the perfect solution when it comes to remote working. Staff can use
the companion app
to sign in from their
mobile devices wherever they are working. A record of the hours they have worked
will be available to view in the online portal on a visual timeline and reports can
also be exported. To find out more about Sign In App, give us a call on 0333 016 3551.
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