Over the last few years, the number of employees switching from on-site jobs to remote or hybrid jobs has increased rapidly. This increase is not just found in the workers, as even companies now prefer to hire remote staff from around the world than to create an office space or fly them in for the job.
Nonetheless, for companies to succeed with this arrangement, they must ensure that they effectively manage and meet the needs of the remote or hybrid workers.
On that account, we had a sit down with the Chairman and CEO of Distinctive Living, Joe Jedlowski, to ask him a few questions on how one can expect to manage a team of remote or hybrid workers successfully and expertly.
What are the various things to look out for when assigned a Hybrid team to manage?
It is difficult to control the outcome of remote workers without proper policy and planning. The following questions should be answered the moment you’re assigned the team:
- What tasks or responsibilities are better suited for on-site work and better suited for remote work?
- Are all team members required at meetings, conferences, etc.?
- What goals need to be achieved by the different sets of workers?
How Can One Improve Relationships Among Team Members Who Do Not See Each Other?
It must be noted that the entire foundation of a remote or hybrid workplace is based on trust and the system’s flexibility. This means that the manager must be willing to allow workers the space to carry out their responsibilities while creating a professional atmosphere in which team members can relate effectively with one another.
There are also a lot of ways to avoid procrastination among your team members. This can be achieved by using digital communication tools to foster relationships among team members.
How Can the Performance of The Remote or Hybrid Workers be Measured Effectively?
One successful way to measure a worker’s performance, whether on-site or remotely, is by setting goals to be achieved at certain levels of a new project. This includes setting a KPI for workers and analyzing the results and outcomes after a given period.
The goal is to ensure that all workers are performing equally as one unit of the company. Analyzing the outcomes of the set KPIs also helps a manager decide which worker will work more effectively in a given environment. This is an effective way to foster a growth mindset amongst your team.
How Can the Company’s Data Be Protected When Employees Are Working from Diverse Locations?
This can be done by training members to become adept in the concept of cybersecurity. Once members have been trained, the manager can carry out routine meetings to:
- Review the team member in charge of specific data.
- Regularly update members on the new policies for securing data in the company.
- Update members on the various new ways data can be stolen from their work devices and how to prevent theft.
What does the future of remote or hybrid work look like?
The future of the remote and hybrid work will be based on the evolving business principles and practices of the current and future companies.
More companies will begin to key into it as they begin to enjoy the flexibility that remote work provides. This will, in turn, influence how they react to technology, machinery, artificial intelligence, etc.