The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live. Things that we were once accustomed to are no longer available and many of us had to make drastic adjustments accordingly. Due to this, the job sector was greatly affected and this has forced many companies to undertake several changes.
One of the many adjustments companies had to implement was the Working From Home (WFH) policy in order to minimise contact and exposure at the workplace. Surely this new style of working appears to offer greater flexibility for employees but it has generated much debate in terms of how productivity and motivation of employees can be tracked or maintained despite working from home.
There are two simple steps that can be taken to ensure an efficient remote working environment:
1. Use Productivity Tools
In order to ensure proper compliance with working hours and work assignments, employers should strive to explore the usage of more sophisticated and efficient productivity tools. There are now software tools that monitor time tracking and productivity. Having these tools in place will help the employers to monitor progress more objectively with more accurate data. The data collected and analysis provided will then guide the employers to come out with better working policies to improve productivity from time to time.
2. Listen to Your Employees
Although working remotely seems to be an ideal choice, one must remember that every employee will have their own challenges. For example, some working mothers will find it tough to complete their work while juggling with some household chores.
Start listening to your employees to understand their concerns. By listening to these concerns, you can come up with possible alternatives for your employees to help them manage their chores while keeping your company goals and target.
The world is racing to find a cure for COVID-19. Some say it will take at least one year and a half before the vaccine will be produced and distributed. As the world waits for total recovery, employers must be prepared to embrace the new normal of working from home and at the same time maintain the same level of productivity as they once did.