Telecommuting was already on the rise in recent years, but it has pretty much become the new normal thanks to the pandemic. Since you undoubtedly have more than a few employees working from home right now, you owe it to them to give them the same level of support you would give to those who still make the trip to the office every day. Here are a few tips that will help you with that.
Be Patient With Your Employees
Working from home isn’t always as easy as it looks. Working parents still have to take care of children who might be home from school, and those who live alone may feel isolated, especially if most of the contact they have with people were always through work. Employees who have been telecommuting for a while will figure out how to find some balance if they haven’t already, and those who are new to it will figure things out if you just give them a chance.
Speaking of giving your remote employees a chance, you also need to avoid micromanaging if you don’t absolutely have to. First of all, it’s just going to be too hard on you and your employees. They are often miles away in their own homes, not in a cubicle on the other side of your office. It’s usually not worth the time and energy it will take to contact a remote employee to make sure they’re on task. Second of all, you don’t know what they’re dealing with at home. Like we said in the previous paragraph, working from home can be challenging, so unless there are clear productivity issues, you just have to trust that your employees will get their work done.
Pay Special Attention to Your New Employees
Being the new person in the office is tough, and it can be even more challenging if you don’t see anyone in person. If you hire new employees working entirely from home, be sure to check in with them and make sure that they’re doing alright. You already know not to micromanage them, but sending an email or making a phone call every week to ask if they have any questions about the job will go a long way towards making them feel welcome and relieving some of their stress.