In the last few years, we have seen remote work increase at an exponential rate globally. Some companies were hesitant to incorporate a hybrid working model into their organization. However, they eventually welcomed the flexibility that this work system offers. One of the main challenges of working remotely has been the lack of personal contact with the rest of the team. A recent report from the International Labour Organization analyzed the Working Time and Work-Life Balance Around the World and its difficulties. With remote work changing and growing at a rapid rate, it is now more important than ever to learn how to best navigate it.
In this article, we are going to look at the four major challenges of working remotely in today’s world and how your employees can thrive even from a distance.
1. Managing good work-life balance
A challenge to working remotely is that the boundaries between work and home are not as clearly defined. Employees must be able to plan their schedule in such a way that it renders consistent productivity. Consider tracking your time by using a digital tool like a time tracker software. Be flexible with your schedule and your energy by ending the workday sooner. If an employee can practice maintaining a good work-life balance as they did when they worked in a physical office, then, they will be able to successfully utilize this skill in their home office.
2. Staving off isolation
One of the main benefits of working remotely is the freedom for employees to be independent and manage their time at their convenience. The downside is that teams can feel lonely and isolated at times. A way to combat these emotions would be to take scheduled breaks, going for a walk, working in a café or calling another remote coworker. All these activities can help stave off feelings of isolation. More ways to prevent isolation while working from home can be found on our blog.
3. Optimizing performance
A major concern for both employers and employees is maintaining high performance levels. Time management can be a huge barrier for many remote workers; knowing what one is capable of and how much time specific tasks require are two key remote work soft skills. The better an employee knows both themselves and the functions of their job, the more their performance will improve regardless of their working environment.
4. Fostering good communication with teams
Building and maintaining good relationships with coworkers is more difficult when teams are working remotely, this affects the communication across the company. To avoid this pitfall, aim to communicate with team members in several ways such as phone calls, video conferences and voice messages. These three methods can still provide a personal touch and each person involved can hear the other’s voice, which is crucial for understanding. In addition, having consistent communication will help your team overcome any challenge that may arise.
Talentia’s HR software can help you optimize your team’s digital working experience. Our services can help you:
- develop a work culture of continuous improvement and growth,
- create a collaborative environment for employees to stay connected,
- understand your workforce with powerful insights and more.
Talentia is committed to providing a scalable solution that grows as your organization does.