More than four million people work on a regular basis somewhere other than their normal workplace . . .
Recent years have seen a trend by employers to allow staff to work either at home or on the move but it has not been without its problems. According to the Trades Union Congress, more than four million people work on a regular basis somewhere other than their normal workplace.
However, remote working can have its problems but companies are being reminded that taking a few precautionary steps could protect data, boost productivity and ensure strong morale amongst staff. Guy Clapperton, writing in the Guardian, explained that it is vital for firms to make sure they do their best to engage with those who do not work in the office on a regular basis.
"There is no excuse for not having regular updates and discussions with your team - whether they are remote or not."
Keeping in touch via phone or making use of video conferencing technology can help to keep up that connection with remote workers and Mr Clapperton advises managers play a key role in ensuring communication with those who do not have traditional office-based roles.
Hayley Conick, UK country manager at Elance-oDesk, believes it is worthwhile businesses focus on ensuring remote working is successful as it can bring positive results. “You need to make sure you communicate clearly and frequently. Over-communicate to begin with. There is no excuse for not having regular updates and discussions with your team – whether they are remote or not,” said Ms Conick.
"...You will always get far better results from a workforce that is passionate, engaged and talking to each other."
She added: “Keep the company culture alive and allow your remote workers to communicate and build relationships with your in-house team. You will always get far better results from a workforce that is passionate, engaged and talking to each other.” Employers should also ensure they approach remote working in the correct manner otherwise it could lead to potential problems for both management and staff.
Jonathan Richards, chief executive officer of breatheHR, added that it is beneficial to equip remote workers with the right technology and equipment, otherwise it could prove costly. It is also vital that workers on the go are fully aware of the potential security risks when accessing information remotely, especially when dealing with sensitive or confidential data.