Remote Workers – Hard Workers, or hardly working?

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In today’s hyper-connected world, employees don’t have to physically work out of the office. A lot of sales roles involve working ‘on the go’ and more and more employers are considering allowing employees to work from home, even if it’s just once a month, to allow for flexibility. Many companies have recognised that remote staff can be a viable option. With relevant roles related to tech, design and marketing, the tasks required of these positions can typically be done outside of the office. But for some employers, the thought of remote workers brings in some fears, as remote workers aren’t perceived as ‘hard-working’ when they are not physically visible in the office. How do you overcome this fear and build trust?

Here are 4 simple tips:

1. Communicate Regularly

By opening up the communication channels, this ensures that you can access your employee easily, whether by a simple email or phone call.

2. Set Outcome-Based Goals

People generally work better and more effectively, when they know what is expected from them. By giving your remote worker outcome-based goals (whether daily or weekly), it ensures that your expectations are met.

3. Provide the Tools for the Job

As long as the remote worker has the right tools that they need to do the job, they will be able to produce the same quality of work that they would in the office. If you’re hiring a graphic designer for example, ensure they have the computer, software and assets that they need to do the job from home.

4. Trust them

Trust your employee; give them the respect they deserve until they prove you otherwise.

If you are a business that is considering employing remote workers, and are in need of assistance with your pre-employment screening process, feel free to contact Right References by emailing at admin@rightreferences.com or give us a call on 1300 463 085.

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