Remote working for office employees is bigger than ever.
For instance, in the USA, there has been a 159% increase in remote working from 2005 to 2017, and the rate has been rapidly increasing every year since.
In Australia, statistics suggest that about a third of people do some work from home.
Over the past two months, that number has exploded as numerous international and Sydney offices have closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Employers have been doing a lot to ensure their workers are adequately prepared, with plenty of focus on technology.
It’s true that connectivity, IT and other elements play a huge part in our ability to work remotely. However, it’s not all about technology.
Here are some other things to consider when transitioning your employees to remote working.
A Productive Home Workspace or Co-Working Space
The process of a Sydney office fit-out and design is crucial, whether it is a large, bustling office, or a small home office.
This is especially the case now, with so many office workers operating at home. Unfortunately, your employees could be losing a huge amount of productivity if their space isn’t optimised for work.
For that reason, we put together a four-part series on how your employees can make their home office or workspace better geared for productivity.
You can find the first part here.
At Niche Projects, we’re extremely well versed in Sydney office fit-out projects. Therefore, we know exactly what works and what doesn’t for your on-site and remote workers.
Successfully transitioning employees to remote working can be a difficult process.
Whilst connectivity is essential, communication is arguably just as important. Maintaining a positive dialogue with your employees before the transition and during the flexible working period is absolutely necessary.
For instance, being transparent and accessible with expectations and troubleshooting for any issues is so crucial to successful remote working.
If your employees aren’t clear on expectations, or have difficulty transitioning, they simply must be able to ask easily. If they cannot, productivity and efficiency will suffer.
Whether it’s during a transition to remote working, through a Sydney office fit-out or other change, communication is essential.
Understanding the Best Practices
Research on remote working is extensive. And it’s currently more intensive than ever before, as most of us work from home in an effort to eliminate the COVID-19 virus.
Therefore, there’s no excuse for your organisation to not apply these findings to your remote working approach.
When you transition to more remote working styles, ensure that you have a team dedicated to creating a smooth experience for your employees.
Not only will your staff thank you, but your business will be much more effective in the long run.