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The Challenges of Managing Remote Work

From the ongoing impact of the COVID to the growing need for digital skills and changing employee expectations, HR teams in London are tasked with managing complex and diverse workforces.

In this series we look at issues and problems we’ve identified and we provide some strategies.

Managing Remote Work

The COVID pandemic accelerated the shift towards remote working, and many companies in London are now offering more flexible arrangements to their employees. However, managing remote workers presents unique challenges, including maintaining productivity and engagement, ensuring effective communication, and supporting employee wellbeing.

There are several strategies that can help:

1.Clearly define expectations: It’s important to set clear expectations for remote workers in terms of their job duties, work schedule, communication expectations, and performance metrics.

2.Use technology to stay connected: Technology can be a great tool for staying connected with remote workers. Tools like video conferencing, instant messaging, and project management software can help remote workers stay connected with their team and keep track of their work.

3.Provide regular feedback: Regular feedback is essential for remote workers to stay engaged and motivated. HR teams should provide regular feedback on their work and offer opportunities for improvement.

4.Foster a strong company culture: Remote workers can sometimes feel disconnected from the company culture, so it’s important to make an effort to include them in company events and celebrations. HR teams can also create virtual social events and team-building activities.

5. Encourage work-life balance: Remote workers can sometimes struggle with work-life balance, so it’s important to encourage them to take breaks and set boundaries between work and personal time.

6. Provide training and development opportunities: Just because remote workers aren’t physically present in the office doesn’t mean they don’t need training and development opportunities. HR teams should provide opportunities for remote workers to develop their skills and advance their careers.

7. Trust your team: Trust is key when managing remote workers. HR teams should trust their remote workers to get their work done and hold them accountable for meeting their goals and objectives.


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