It has been almost two and a half years since Covid-19 burst into our lives. While we are gradually returning to our previous normal, there are specific aspects that have changed so much that it’s impossible (or nearly impossible) to go back to the way things were before. The remote workplace has become common. Moreover, many workers make the attribute of working from home a priority.
Speaking specifically about the software and IT world, the vast majority of employees prefer a remote workplace. What’s more, a Forbes survey found that more than 70% of workers want to keep working this way. Certainly, there are people that prefer hybrid work, some days in the office and others at home. But the great majority want to be able to work from wherever they are.
Remote workplace analysis: does it work?
Before remote work became mandatory, few job positions offered home-based work. Hybrid work did exist in the software world, but it usually consisted of one or two days at home, and the rest at the office. Having a remote workplace was not the most common practice.
Business owners, managers, and department heads faced the difficulty of having to trust their employees completely. In other words, they needed the work to be done by the end of the day.
In terms of remote work analysis, companies also benefit as well. One of the reasons is that they now have the opportunity to find talent outside the range of those who can travel to the office on a daily basis. They can even find the best fit for the team outside the boundaries of the country they are in.
This is possible thanks to the development of software that accompanied these changes. Among them are all those that allowed and continue to enable meetings that used to be face-to-face and over coffee. They’re now held through video calls. Of course, coffee can still be included.
At the same time, chat software allows instant communication with other team members. It has replaced the need for getting out of a chair, walking a few minutes, and consulting something in another room. However, large offices already had instant messaging apps available. It has always been a useful tool to simplify communication between peers.
Therefore, among the benefits of remote work we have found:
The opportunity to find more and better talent
It doesn’t matter if a developer is ten blocks away from the office or 7400 miles away. That person can work with the team remotely, contributing value based on their skills.
This was a concern of business owners and managers. They were afraid that employees would become distracted and not meet their goals.
However, workers have fewer distractions at home than in the office where they are surrounded by people. It can be seen that the performance of most of them has improved when at home.
Both companies and employees benefit at this point. Many firms stopped paying for so many office floors, which saved them money.
Meanwhile, employees spend less on public transportation or gas consumption for their cars, as well as saving on meals, for example.
3 tips for managing a remote workplace
Although many of the software development companies, amongst others in the technology industry, were already implementing telework policies, many other businesses did not even have such policies in place. The pandemic forced them into a steeper digital transformation.
These days, a lot of managers don’t know how to deal with this situation, nor how to manage remote workplaces and workers successfully. Among the most important points, they have to support their teams not only in achieving their work goals, but also in making sure they don’t feel lonely or frustrated.
There are a few suggestions on how to achieve this. Let’s see:
Organization and flexibility
A concrete work process is crucial for everyone to perform effectively. This work process must be followed to accomplish the scheduled work.
In this sense, flexibility goes hand in hand with that. The aim should be to complete the agreed objectives, no matter if it’s done in 4 or 8 hours.
There are specific tools available to track the work process and the progress of each task. Using this software allows the whole team to be better organized, and managers to know the status of each of the assignments.
In case a problem appears, it can be identified in time to assist employees and encourage them to solve it as soon as possible.
There’s a tendency to have online meetings that go on forever. This should not happen. In face-to-face environments this used to happen less frequently, but in remote work it often does.
Proposing multiple short meetings makes work more effective and less tiring.
Digital era requires a strategy for implementing remote work policies and organization. At Willdom we can help you achieve your goals and hire the best team for your company. Visit us at Willdom.com, or follow us on LinkedIn for more information.