Why Does Your Remote Staff Not Trust You?
In many workplaces, the remote and hybrid workplace has created an environment that encourages greater flexibility and has resulted in a significant boost of productivity. Hybrid and remote staff show proved that morale grew, creativity and collaboration got better (compared with pre-pandemic levels), and they much preferred this work environment compared to in office.
Despite this knowledge, businesses are still moving back to an office-only policy. Why? Because employers still don’t trust that their staff can get the job done unless they are sitting in the office. Does this sound like you, or a business owner that you know? Let me us share with you some interesting tips on how managers can adjust to this new hybrid or remote workplace.
Watching your every move
To combat the insecurity of working remote or hybrid, some businesses implemented monitoring of some kind on employee devices to track performance and engagement during work hours. Though this does give management peace of mind that employees are doing their jobs, it has had major backlash on employee moral and trust. Not to mention that these Big Brother tactics have created a culture of ‘us and them’.
That to say, business owners can’t just let their employees wander free. Measuring appropriate KPIs and tracking business productivity are part of running a successful company, but how can owners do this in a way that keeps the team together?
Here’s our advice
What can businesses do to build a productive and successful hybrid environment?
- Encourage your staff to work in ways that make them productive
- Find the right methods for measuring productivity without making people feeling like they’re constantly being watched
- Automate repetitive tasks to free up your team’s creativity
- Provide staff with the tools and tech they need to do their job properly. This means getting them the right hardware, using communication tools that encourage your team to collaborate, and making the right connectivity choices.
Talk to your IT partner on what these steps look like for your business. And if you’re having trouble adjusting to a hybrid world, get in touch – we’re here to help.