CEO , Alternative Communication Services
Recently I have seen many folks talk about transitioning from the workplace to a home office. This may seem like a dream come true for the employee, but the manager will have a whole bushel of feelings to sort out. I have had the opportunity to watch my team grow from two people to 30 people, with an extended group of contractors that exceeds 300. All our folks are “deployed,” and the management and communication styles are completely different from a brick-and-mortar operation.
We have grown to over $10M a year operating this way, and the future is bright for home office-based workers. Below are a few things to keep in mind!
5 Tips for managing a remote workforce
Establish time parameters
While start and stop times are typical to any person’s workday, you will not have problems getting a full day of work out of your workers. You will however have an issue with folks working too much. It is important that home-based workers set parameters and then walk away from the workday. It is very easy to get sucked into the “one last look at email” which often turns into more time than just a quick look. The good news on this issue is that home-based workers tend to be very conscientious about their work and are happy to spend a little extra time here and there which can make the difference over your competition.
Recognize it's not for all people
Depending on the circumstance, there may not be a choice but to work from home, however, this can be difficult for some people. Working from home requires discipline and focus. You need to turn that TV off and not be tempted to internet shop. Of course, everyone is entitled to have breaks and downtime, but as a rule you need to be disciplined. Working from home can be isolating. If you need the stimulus of others you may need to seek that from alternative places. Going to the gym or the grocery store may become your outlet.