Outsourced Offices - How to (successfully) manage a remote workforce

In a workplace environment, ensuring that your employees are always busy is easy, especially since most workers will not want to be seen as struggling or falling behind. With that said, the old saying that “keeping busy does not always equate to productivity” still rings true today. It is easy for an individual to maintain a relatively consistent workflow without being particularly productive or creative in the work they are doing, and for a company that is hoping to grow or develop, this can be an enormous detractor.

Despite what it may seem, the fault does not necessarily fall with the employees themselves, as much of this can come from a system that does not work to their strengths. You don’t hire your workers because they can perform monotonous tasks, you hire them because you believe they can bring something beneficial to your company, so it’s up to you to give them what they need to succeed.

It is where the idea of remote working comes from, as it allows your employees to achieve company goals from a more comfortable, productive environment than the sometimes-stifling walls of an office building. However, while this may be beneficial for your employee’s fulfilment and enjoyment, many business owners are wary of this approach, as it makes the processes of monitoring and management more difficult.

Luckily, for you, when it comes to remote employment options, most questions have a solution. That is what we are here to discuss today, offering you some simple advice when tackling the issues surrounding external working.

1. Set Goals

The main thing that you need to be looking for when managing your workforce is whether goals are being successfully met. In this way, monitoring your worker’s output is simple. There are many tools available online to help a business in setting and tracking goals.

2. Stay Active

One factor that can cause issues with remote working is if you are finding yourself unable to keep up with your delegation duties. In other words, an employee cannot be expected to complete tasks effectively if they are not being given reasonable deadlines, or are not receiving the work at all.

Maintaining a digital calendar or another point of reference is integral to maintaining a smooth workflow, just as it is in most office environments.

3. Ensure Open Communication

As is often the case with most areas of life, lapses in communication can begin to cause issues down the line, and if you are the central point of contact for an entire workforce’s schedules and targets, then staying connected is hugely important. Luckily, this can be easily achieved by staying active on programs such as Skype or email but can take some getting used to for those more equipped for face-to-face discussions.

The idea of managing a remote team is not as daunting as it may initially seem. While the office life may never indeed fade away, it is exciting to know that technology is striving for newer ways to participate in business discourse.