Keep your remote employees on track

Give your remote workers the tools they need to succeed.

Now that millennials are becoming a dominant force in the workplace - and globalism is taking hold - things are changing a bit. One of the biggest shifts in the modern workforce is the ability to work remotely. Your remote employees have different needs and challenges than your people in the office—so how do you provide them with the support and training they need for success? Well, we have some ideas to get you on the right track.

80-90% of the workforce would like to telecommute at least part time

This may seem a bit on the nose, but you need to pick the right person for the job. Not everyone is cut out for working from home. To hire a good remote worker, consider candidates who have worked remotely before, have run their own business, can make mature decisions independently, can communicate clearly, and who are goal-driven.

65% of employees want more feedback

Over-communicating is a good thing with remote employees—however, make the majority of your communication feedback. Also, be available, transparent, manage expectations, and be clear with all of your written messages. Without the additional help of body language, you’ll need to be very clear with your employees about what their goals are and what your expectations are with them.

50% of jobs could be performed remotely

Leverage technology to collaborate. Whether it’s chatting, sharing slides, training, or assigning work, you should use technology to your advantage. You don’t need to spend your whole budget on software or apps when there are free or affordable alternatives like Bridge LMS, Slack, ToDoist, Basecamp, G-chat, and GoToMeeting.

Over 77% of U.S. companies use some form of online training

Always provide your employees with more learning opportunities. A modern LMS like Bridge can take online training further, with cloud-based courses that can be accessed anywhere with any internet-enabled device. Bridge is a good choice for managers because it provides real-time analytics, which make it easier to identify gaps in your training and easily prioritize learning for your team.

Remote workers increased 103% from 2005 to 2015

Embrace and master remote team management. The remote trend shows no signs of slowing down, which means it’s a good time to streamline your remote management practices. Be aware of your team’s expectations and don’t forget to schedule some face time (even if it’s over FaceTime) to get to know your team beyond emails.

These management approaches will ensure your remote sales team is not only making their quota from their kitchen table, but improving their skills and career along the way. Hire the right people, implement the right practices, and enjoy the benefits of your forward-thinking.

Want to learn more about how to manage the evolving modern workforce? take a look at our e-book “Workforce 2020” for some helpful tips.

Published November 2016 by Instructure, Inc.
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