To create a positive experience for remote employees, you can focus on the five key factors that impact remote employee experience:
Set reasonable productivity standards
Reasonable productivity standards ensure team members complete tasks on time, with the right level of quality, and at the right speed.
The crucial elements of productivity standards are 1) deadline flexibility and 2) reasonable due dates for projects. Be sure you’re working within your team’s schedules, PTO, parental leave, or religious observance. If you’re calculating productivity and leaving out flexibility for vacation or sick time, you’ll stress your team out.
Create a sustainable work-life balance for remote workers
Remote work inherently creates an environment where employees can seamlessly manage their work and personal life.
Starting a load of laundry while you wait for a document to upload or having the ability to drop your kids off at school instead of spending time commuting are priceless benefits of remote work.
One danger of hybrid or remote work is the need for proper boundaries between work hours and personal time. Use clear PTO expectations, communication policies, and OOO notifications to ensure employees are keeping their work and home lives separate in healthy ways.
Help your team manage work-related stress and anxiety
Work-related stress doesn’t disappear with remote work (though it is greatly alleviated). As a manager, you must ensure fair and flexible deadlines and expectations to reduce unnecessary anxiety for your team.
Creating a sense of psychological safety can help your team feel comfortable in sharing their feedback, concerns, or suggestions.
Instill a sense of belonging among employees
The sense of belonging is one area where remote work can falter. To counteract this, use team-building activities and employee retreats to help your team interact outside the work context.
At Hubstaff, we’ve created an internal Slack channel called “Hubstars,” where employees can publicly highlight their co-workers who are exceeding expectations.
Ensure your team is happy with their remote working arrangement
While you aren’t in direct control of your employee’s remote work environment, you can help them create a comfortable and productive setting.
With the money you save on providing a physical workspace, create a bonus system that improves employees’ home office space. Some companies offer in-home cleaning services or discounts on home internet as perks. Others provide subscription gift boxes or coworking space memberships.
At Hubstaff, we offer professionally-taught classes about ergonomic work conditions. We also offer bonuses to help our professionals buy chairs, desks, and other home office equipment.