Remote work strategies are very likely to become ubiquitous and widely adopted in the future, especially after the onset of the worldwide Covid pandemic, likely growing instead of shrinking. Moreover, currently in big cities in Indonesia and around the world, there is an aggressive campaign to re-implement what is called PSBB, or Large-Scale Social Controls and Lockdowns. Therefore, like it or not, companies have been obliged for quite awhile to carry out at least some form of remote work.
During the throes of the worldwide pandemic, companies around the world have carried out their WFH strategies through the use of a wide variety of systems and strategies that stand in accordance with their respective corporate cultures and systems. However, a standard across the board is the fact that most of these companies have used the help of commonplace applications such as Slack, or apps for conducting voice and video calls, namely Skype and Zoom so as to support their form of implemented remote work.
Adapting from working offline in the office to remote work is definitely not easy and takes a lot of time. Luckily for companies that even before the pandemic made it possible to carry out remote work like companies engaged in the IT sector. What might change for them now is from the scale of remote work which is becoming more massive and carried out full time.
The United States Survey Institute named Gallup conducted a survey in 2020 regarding remote work and the results were that 60% of workers who had done or experienced remote work said they wanted to continue working from home even though business, office, and school activities would reopen for later. general. The results of other studies also show that remote work makes employees reduce their work permits so that productivity increases, thus benefiting the company.
Meanwhile, in a survey conducted by Deloitte Dbriefs on entrepreneurs, 40% of respondents said they are developing a strategy to evaluate the role and teamwork in implementing remote work permanently. That means, both employees and employers both want and are trying to realize the ideals of remote work because it is very profitable for both parties.
Based on the Deloitte survey described above, we can conclude that remote work certainly requires a strategy that must be achieved so that the implementation of remote work runs smoothly and efficiently. The majority of respondents said that remote work can increase employee productivity.
The idea of remote working with all the benefits for employees and employers is often seen as just a work process done at home via video calls like Skype or Zoom and office messaging apps like Slack. However, the remote work culture is much more than that. If you also agree with some Deloitte respondents that you want to develop a remote working strategy, we have some tips and suggestions that you can implement in your company.
Starting from the Leader
In formulating a strategy as in general, everything starts from ideas and goals to be achieved together. If you have a great influence in your company and have a responsibility to develop and increase productivity together, then you can start by articulating your company’s vision and mission. This aims to make all employees in your company aware that even while working remotely, they still have goals that must be achieved together even if they are not face-to-face and physically.
As a leader, you are also responsible for drafting the idea of operational standards and determining the idea of remote work procedures that will be implemented. Details of operational standards and procedures can then be transferred to HR.
Ensuring Support is Adequate
The effectiveness and productivity of remote work can be maximized if employees have adequate facilities at home to do their work. You must ensure that the hardware and software used will produce the same output as when they work in the office. It should be noted that not all employees have adequate facilities, from the main hardware, namely a computer or laptop, to other supporting facilities such as furniture and a good workspace.
You can develop systems or software (the most practical way is to buy or subscribe to software) that supports virtual communication, innovation, and collaboration. This is because there are many free software out there that provide limited facilities (such as Zoom which only gives a video call time limit of 40 minutes per session).
Not only that, because remote work relies heavily on an internet connection, it’s a good idea to also provide good facilities to employees. However, this will then raise other potential problems in terms of security of your company’s data on an open network. For that, you also have to prepare an additional team or budget to anticipate this.
A Change to Automation
For companies that operate in the conventional sector, it may be a bit difficult to do work outside the office because access to data retrieval is limited to protect the company’s data. Our suggestion is that you can start to make work that used to have to be done manually to be done automatically by the software or system. It is intended that employees who work from home only focus on work that is collaboration, creativity, development, critical thinking, and innovation.
Do Virtual Face-to-face, But Not Too Often
Working remotely deprives employees of opportunities to interact and build physical relationships. This of course can have an impact that employees feel lonely or do not even feel part of the team or company. For that, at least in a work team, it is necessary to always communicate face-to-face virtual, for example through the Skype or Zoom application. Maybe this has been done if they have frequent meetings, but keep in mind that too many meetings will actually reduce employee productivity. Make efficient work guidance in the form of text or video so that the intensity of virtual meetings with a little urgency can be reduced.
Set Clear Working Hours
One of the main concerns on the part of employees in implementing remote work is that they even work longer hours than when they work in the office. Remote work seems to blur the boundaries of working hours because according to the company or HR, it is possible for employees to carry out their tasks using the devices and facilities provided and not be hit by office closing hours and so on. Sometimes, this factor is used as a reason for companies to demand employees to always stand by 24/7 in their work.
However, this actually has a negative impact on the health of employees if they have to work overtime every day which will then affect employee productivity in the future. Set clear working hours limits for employees according to mutual agreement. You can also use HR applications such as Dokodemo Work to find out and evaluate the performance of your employees.