In order for any person to do their job well, they need the tools and resources available for them to perform. Working from home in a hybrid or remote capacity can be isolating and difficult to adjust to not having the daily engagement and interactions that an office can provide. While some considerations may need to be raised from the employees affected from remote work, there are tools and considerations employers can implement to make sure their employees are setup for success.
Tools for remote employees:
· Instant messaging tools such as Slack, Microsoft Teams or Google Chat
· Screen sharing and recording software
· Screen conferencing software for team meetings and collaboration
· Project management software such as ClickUp, Trello, or Basecamp
· Online office suites such as Microsoft Office or Google Suite
· Cloud storage
· Whiteboard or mind-mapping tools
· Focus apps that help reduce virtual distractions
Here are 13 tips for being effective in a remote or hybrid working environment:
· Establish clear and frequent communication with your team and manager. This keeps you accountable for your time and on-top of items that are under your responsibility.
· Have a clear and regular schedule. Let your team members and manager know when you’ll be in office, at home and the hours you’ll be available.
· Establish a routine and stay disciplined. Having structure will help you stay productive and focused.
· Stay organized and have a to-do list to stay on top of your tasks.
· Have a dedicated workspace in your home that is free from distractions. This space should be well lit, quiet, and devoid of clutter.
· Set boundaries between your work and personal life. This can be difficult when you’re working from home, but it’s important to separate your work and personal time to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
· Utilize technology to stay connected with your team, such as video conferencing, instant messaging, and project management tools.
· Have an open mind, be receptive to feedback and willing to adapt based on the company’s needs, as well as your personal needs to be successful.
· Be flexible and adaptable to change as circumstances and situations evolve.
· Prioritize self-care. The transition to hybrid or remote work can be stressful, so it’s important to take care of yourself physically and mentally.
· Build community and find ways to connect with people at work and in your personal life.
· Seek out opportunities for virtual socialization and team building activities.
· Take advantage of the benefits of working from home and being in the office. The flexibility of working from home can help with work-life balance and productivity while being in the office can improve team collaboration and communication.
What do employees want in a hybrid or remote workplace?
· Employees generally want a hybrid workplace that offers flexibility, work-life balance, and a sense of connection to their colleagues and the company.
· They want the option to work from home or in the office, depending on their needs or preferences. Having the freedom and flexibility to choose our working location builds trust and autonomy.
· They value clear communication and expectations from their employer.
· They want access to the necessary technology and resources to be successful in a hybrid or remote environment.
· They want their employer to provide opportunities for professional development and growth without any distance bias.