According to the Office of National Statistics, 4.2 million Brits work from home. That’s 13.9% of the total UK working population and a half a million increase since 2007. This means that, as a manager, you’re more likely than ever to be managing a geographically dispersed team. This brings a whole new set of challenges and considerations. Here are my top tips for managing your home workers.
- Do the paperwork
- Provide the tools
- Treat them equally
- Make training accessible
- Monitor work-life balance
The shift to regular home working is already happening, so it’s vital that managers are prepared for it. A combination of technology, process and attention to detail will make sure that your home workers are as productive, if not more, than their office-based counterparts.
By Marco Landi, President EMEA at Polycom