Recent global events have put an entirely new light on working remotely and the focus on tracking man-hours due to the company. Working from home is becoming a wide-spread movement, being embraced by more and more businesses as the “new norm.” With this may come the need to rethink “employee monitoring.”
Previously when an employee worked from home, employers tracked internet usage, monitored desktops, etc., etc., etc. to be sure employees were actually working during work hours. In today’s world, it may be more beneficial for HR to be transparent and empathetic when monitoring off-site workers.
Here a few ways managers can help employees be more effective when working from home:
- Set tasks with deadlines
- Be sure the team is included in the “big picture.” Make sure they know how they fit in and what is required of them. Communicating expectations and getting feedback is crucial to ensure tasks and projects are completed accurately and on-time. Developing a two-way trust factor is the key.
- Organize meetings, workshops, or other types of online activities to ensure team members are online.
- If team members begin failing to complete daily goals, first understand why they are not hitting the tasks and find solutions before creating tighter work schedules.
- Define a process for team members to report how they are doing with their projects and don’t forget that recognition of a job well done is so important – make sure they know!