How to Manage Remote Working Employees

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Since the first quarter of 2020, remote work trends and expectations have changed. There were disbeliefs at first about remote working but more and more employers started to embrace flexible schedules for their remote teams leading to new remote work trends with the help of innovative technologies.

There are many benefits to the business adopting remote work culture. It can boost employee morale and reduce costs for talent acquisition. By reducing the time and money from commutes, businesses can increase employee efficiency and give employees more autonomy, which can motivate them to work harder and increase loyalty.

On the other hand, remote work has its drawbacks. When employees work remotely for extended periods, they may see a lack of purpose and begin to feel left out. According to the study, 32% of UK workers said remote work is not a complete break from their personal time. Employees feel anxious about not doing enough. The same study found that 18% of people felt they were being watched and 17% said that the anxiety affected their sleep as well.

However, good performance management can help address these shortcomings of remote working and ultimately increase employee morale and productivity. Let’s learn about some performance evaluation strategies that companies have adopted for remote workers.

  1. Clear Goal Settings

Setting a clear goal not only helps employees feel a sense of purpose, but also helps them to prioritize during remote work. Studies show that only 7% of employees need the presence of superiors and managers to be productive, but when it comes to remote work, they still require guidance from seniors and managers to prioritize work. Different companies use different methods of goal setting, but there must be a way for employees to know their work goals that clearly measures their progress toward it.

2. Regular Feedbacks

Employees may feel they are not doing something right if they do not receive feedbacks regularly while working remotely. Regular feedbacks can help employees to perform better and motivate them to work harder when they get the sense of being recognized for their efforts. A study found that 68% of employees that receive feedbacks from colleagues regularly feel more fulfilled in work.

3. Communication With Managers or Executives

Remote work is a double-edged sword. While there are some benefits like reduced stress from commutes, it can also make one feel left out from the organization. Lack of face-to-face time can make it more difficult for remote employees to communicate with their managers. Thus, it is important to have a well-organized system in place to facilitate communication with remote employees. In remote working conditions, managers or executives should approach to communicate with employees first in order to avoid giving the sense of isolation among remote working employees.