Geography is no longer a limitation for companies anymore.
Thanks to major technological advancements in recent years, businesses have discovered they are able to operate efficiently without requiring employees to be in the office five days a week — and research suggests this trend isn’t slowing down.
According to data from Gartner, 31% of workers around the world will operate under a remote or hybrid model by the end of the year.
However, the pivot to a distributed workforce hasn’t been simple, and it’s vital for leaders to strategize how employees can stay productive and satisfied with their arrangement.
To start, rather than wait for problems to arise, companies need to have risk management in place. For instance, a distributed workforce comes with the increased likelihood for cyberattacks and similar security risks.
By providing specific guidance in what employees and managers should do in such situations, combatting and preventing them in the future becomes easier.
Communication is another major challenge in a remote or hybrid workforce, and the best way to ensure all employees stay engaged and connected is emphasizing an asynchronous schedule.
By providing employees the power to choose when and where they work, they are more likely to feel trusted and satisfied in their position. However, investing in the right tools to ensure workers are still able to connect and work alongside team members is critical.
This can be done in the form of scheduling recurring meetings, hosting virtual events or simply engaging with workers in a chatroom.