Remote working is gaining traction with all kinds of companies. Leaders are finding that when employees are allotted an increased amount of freedom, they feel more psychologically cared for by their employers. They are generally more excited about doing their work and they tend to do it with a refreshed perspective.
But you may still be on the fence about whether or not remote working is right for your company. Will it have the desired effects? Or will it hinder productivity and derail the established order? Here’s how you can run a temporary test and see the results for yourself.
Create a “work from anywhere” time where employees are encouraged to do work outside the office. Whether that’s in a favorite coffee shop, in a local park, or just in the comfort of their own home, give employees the option of where to work. If they feel that they are most productive in the office, that’s fine, too. Remote work is about having the option to do what makes you feel most productive, not being forced into some newfangled idea of productivity.
Make it a finite time so it’s not initially too disruptive, but make it long enough so you can actually make an attempt to quantify the results. So one Friday a month probably wouldn’t be enough time because first of all, it’s a Friday, and second of all, it doesn’t give you enough information to draw any real conclusions. One week could be a great length of time for you to be able to see how things go.
Make sure to ask your employees, as well. Ask them how they are feeling during the “work from anywhere” period and then ask them to assess the overall experience once it’s over, as well.
Have you already implemented remote working policies? Ready to try it but still aren’t sure exactly how to structure it? Let me know in the comments or reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.