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How Can You Better Manage Your Remote Workforce?

Updated: Jul 25, 2022

Remote work has brought with it many benefits but some challenges as well. While reduced administrative costs, a lot of money saved on rent and utilities, time spent productively instead of in transit, and fewer interpersonal problems within the team are advantageous for the business, there are also various problems like distractions, connectivity issues, communication gaps, cybersecurity risks, and more associated with remote work. Here are some ways to minimize these issues and manage remote workforces better.

How You Can Overcome These Issues?

While all these risks are inevitable, they aren’t unmanageable. Let’s take a look at the common issues employers have with their remote employees and how they can be overcome.

1. Communicate Better

Communication gaps are in no dearth for teams that work remotely—with some of them even working in different time zones! As employees are forced to rely more on virtual communication than face-to-face interaction, an overload of emails and IMs has become an increased cause of worry for over 38% of remote workers. This calls for a revamp in the communication strategy and protocols of your organization which can ensure that people are not mired down by internal communication and instead focus their time on actual productivity-oriented tasks.

2. Connect with Technology

Content and data silos in companies can cause employees to become unaware of company-wide activities. Technology combined with creative solutions can break this barrier and promote an inclusive work culture that also helps keep employees informed.

3. Personalize the Experience

Having unified employee profiles can give HR more insight into each employee's professional growth opportunities and long-term career paths. These data can assist HR professionals to offer events, training, and other resources customized to their employees' interests, which can help enhance firm retention rates.

4. Make Processes Agile

Since companies are no longer in survival mode and are beginning to thrive in the remote/hybrid environment, it is a great time to begin revamping work processes to be more flexible, agile, and adaptable. This could mean anything from more transparent workflows to making working possible from any app or interface.

5. Protect Your Data Better

Remote devices that are no longer part of intranet security are proving to be a feast for cybercriminals—but they don’t have to be! You can ramp up protection by urging your employees to download anti-phishing software on all their devices, including their mobile phones which have proven to be common threat vectors of cyberattacks. Providing training to employees on how to recognize malware attacks and avoid getting phished is beneficial too.

6. Build a Support Network

Interpersonal relationships built through coffee chats and drinks after work promoted a certain work-life balance that has gone for a toss with remote work becoming the norm. This has given rise to isolation and stress-driven mental health issues for employees. Digital wellness solutions can be a boon in such situations as they give the employee the choice to decide how they want to approach their issues.

For more details on how you can deal with various issues that may crop up in the remote/hybrid workforce, speak to a Red Pill expert today!

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