The days of an entire team needing to be located in the same room at the same time are long gone and remote working is something which has seen a significant rise in recent years, with so-called ‘telecommuters’ making up at least part of many businesses’ workforce across the globe.
By definition, a telecommuter is an employee who works outside of a traditional office environment, often from a home office, and utilises technology to connect with the rest of the team; their colleagues. It is reported that one in five workers across the globe telecommute from outside the workplace and research conducted by Stanford University has shown that those who work in this way are up to 13% more productive than their office-based counterparts. Why? They enjoy more job satisfaction.
Of course, increased productivity and job satisfaction are fantastic benefits but they’re not, by any means, the only reasons why so many companies are choosing to allow employees to work from the comfort of their own homes the majority of the working week.
Whilst some disagree, it’s clear that remote working can offer a business and it’s employees a wealth of benefits but, to many, these are still unclear. Get the right team and the right manager, however, and there’s no reason at all why it can’t work and bring with it a change for the better.
Removing Geographical Recruitment Barriers
Job satisfaction and productivity aside, one of the other reasons why remote working has become so popular is the fact that recruiting talent becomes easier. Geographical barriers are quickly broken down and, so long as a competitive financial package is on offer, the opportunity to recruit the very best person for the role becomes possible. Many of the problems commonly associated with recruiting an office-based team member don’t exist when employing remotely, however, as you’d expect, the management of individuals spread out across different towns, countries or continents, can test even the most experienced managers.
Making Remote Management A Little Easier
There are, however, a number of approaches which those managing a remote team can utilise to make the task a little easier and, in many instances, it’s simply about following processes.
Managing a remote team starts at the recruitment stage and is an ongoing process but when it’s done well, it’s a way of working which can, ultimately, benefit all parties involved.
If you’ve not tried it, you need to give it a go and if you’ve tried it but found it unsuccessful, you need to give it another go. Managing a remote team is very different, in practice, to managing an office-based team and, as such, it can take time for management styles to change and an individual to get the most out of his or her team.
How To Successfully Manage A Remote Team
SilverDoor recently launched an infographic titled ‘10 Ways To Successfully Manage A Team Whilst Working Remotely’ which offers 10 fantastic, actionable tips for those managers getting to grips with the right approach to managing a team in this way to utilise on a day to day basis.
Why not take a moment to take a look at the infographic below and start to work out how you can utilise the tips in your own management approach, growing the success of your own remote team?
Ultimately, remote working looks set to continue to grow over the coming years as connectivity increases even further and more and more businesses start to understand the benefits which this, now-proven, approach brings with it.