Remote employment offers numerous benefits to both companies and staff. Not only can you save money on expenses like commuting and office space, but remote work also provides more time for childcare and other priorities. Still, managing a remote workforce can be difficult. Here are some tips for handling out-of-office personnel:

Be Clear With Expectations

One of the keys to managing remote workers successfully is setting clear expectations from the start. Because employees may have different expectations for definitions of terms like “fast,” it pays to set specific deadlines for assignments. Additionally, you can show workers sample projects or assignments to boost the odds of the end result meeting expectations.

Track Your Time

Employers often worry their remote workers are billing for hours not spent on the job. For example, they may take breaks to put in a load of laundry, help the kids with homework or make lunch and charge the company for this time. You can curtail this problem by using time tracking software that requires employees to clock in and out every time they start or stop working. Additionally, you may be able to save money by charging by the task rather than the hour.

Find a Communication Strategy That Works

Knowing how you intend to communicate with your remote employees from the start can ease the growing pains in this relationship. For example, some companies prefer to email with telecommuters, while others opt to use tools like Slack. Determine your ideal means of communication and be clear on how often you want workers to check in. Do you require daily progress reports or is talking once a week enough to get the job done? Be clear from day one so you don’t have to deal with differing expectations down the line.

Contact Bolder Staffing, Inc. for Hiring Help

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