The corporate world is divided on the topic of work from home policies. Critics say that allowing people to work from home just allows your employees to dawdle and waste time. Its advocates believe that allowing employees to work from home actually increases productivity, ups employee morale and positively benefits the company.
So, how do you create the perfect work from home policy that encourages all the positive sides of allowing employees to work from home?
To create a perfect work from home policy, all it takes is four simple steps. By implementing these steps properly, companies can increase productivity and revenue, lower office operating costs and produce happier employees.
Just because employees will be working from home doesn't mean that they shouldn't have a semblance of structure and deadlines. Thus, just as employees would have clear goals and deadlines at the office, they should have the same at home. They should check in when something is bothering them, or if they have a simple question, just as they would in the workplace.
In order to ensure that your employees are staying true to their tasks and deadlines, it’s important to have regularly scheduled in-office meeting and reviews. This allows you to offer encouragement or criticism in an orderly environment and will help you stay on top of your work-from-home employees.
A vital ingredient of any work from home policy is to equip employees with the right software and training. This means teaching employees how to be productive at home, how to self-manage and how to make the best use of their time. This can be done via seminars or regularly scheduled training sessions.
It’s also important to set them up with the best project management software and other productivity programs, such as Asana, Trello or the Google Suite of tools. This way you can stay on top of their performance in real time, as well as delegate tasks with ease.
This is by far the most important step. You have to trust your employees and believe that working from home is best for them and for your company. This is the step that will truly ensure that your work from home policy succeeds. When people feel trust and belonging, they do their best work. Why not encourage that?
It can be daunting to decide to let your employees work from home, but it can be the best decision you can make for your business. It will cut operating costs, increase productivity and best of all improve employee happiness.
But before you take the leap, do a bit of introspection. Decide if you’re ready to take on the above steps wholeheartedly. And even then, you don't need to go all in at once, you can start with one or two senior-level employees and go from there. Or, you can have work-from-home Fridays, for a test run. We think you’ll be surprised, in the best way possible, by the results.