New technologies allow us to work at any time and from any place. There is an increasing number of companies that apply telecommuting to their human resources policy in order to encourage conciliation between the personal and professional lives of their employees as well as improving their emotional wages. Not only big companies but also SME’s and freelancers are joining this work method.
As attractive as it may seem, working from outside the office requires a degree of discipline and routine in order to ensure efficiency. Down below we explain some strategies that can help you to put down the main obstacles to telecommuting:
- Don’t forget about communication. Communication is the bigger obstacle but, at the same time, the solution to many of the problems of most of the work teams. You have within hand’s reach lots of tools that help you to be in touch with your partners while working outside the office. You just have to choose the one that better suits the situation: email, chat, phone, video conference, etc. Don’t wait for other people to reach you, take the initiative and let the communication flow.
- Be a proactive leader. Telecommuting can make things difficult for you to be always present and reachable. Regularly keep in touch with the members of your teams in order to set objectives and to make them know what you wait from them. Make sure they can clearly see the link between their contributions to the main objectives of each project. Offer them support and show them that you worry about them as people and not only as employees.
- Be a member of the proactive team. When you are not working at the office it’s difficult to be in touch with the rest of the team. Take the initiative and talk to them so you can share your progress, solve doubts, check objectives and catch up.
- Make it personal. If you cannot personally see your partners, try to create the conversations that normally take place in an office. Use the tools that allow you to talk face to face and worry about what they have been doing in their free time. Getting to know your partners apart from the work environment helps encouraging commitment and motivation.
- Measure your productivity. Your productivity shouldn’t be just measured by your own standards. Make sure that in your company’s telecommuting policy is clearly stated what being productive means. Working to reach goals is a good way to manage telecommuting. If you add to that a tool like Kiply, which allows you to see in real time the progress of your teams and to know how much time you spend in every task, measuring your productivity while working at home will not be a problem.
If that’s not enough, here is a video with some extra keys for telecommuting to work: