how_to_perfect_your_workNow that COVID-19 has changed the way we work. It is probably time to enact a work-from-home policy, if you haven’t already. Maybe you haven’t started the process of creating a policy because you aren’t quite sure what should be included in it. That makes sense; the entire frontier of work-from-home was just turned upside down, and it can be difficult to know exactly what you want or even what you need out of someone when they aren’t physically in the office. Not speaking about any of the security requirements for a safe work -from -home policy and solely discussing the productivity aspects; the here are a couple of things to consider to get you started on the right foot.

Make Team Time Mandatory

Even when someone working from home works alone, they also work as a team – even if that team is just you and them. Because they are part of a team, it’s important to make some team time mandatory. That team time doesn’t have to happen on the day they’re working from home. It can happen on any day as long as everyone is clear on their goals on the day when the team member isn’t in the office. Team time isn’t just for goals, though – it’s important for collaboration and brainstorming too, which means it’s even more important that you make designated team time a priority for your work-at-home employees.

What Do You Need to Happen?

No matter where an employee is working, they should be able to meet deadlines just the same. This means that the quality, content, and schedule that an employee has to follow in the office is the one they need to follow when they’re not there, too. Having clear guidelines is essential for those who work from home, even if they only do it for the day. That way, they know exactly what should have been done while they were gone because you were clear and concise about it. If you’re vague, then the work done when they’re away might be vague, too.

Be Flexible, But Decide Which Days Are Work-From-Home Days

Create a set work-from-home schedule for all employees. We need stability now more than ever! As an employee, knowing which days you will be required to come into the office and which days are work from home days will create a schedule and a sense of normalcy. Be flexible. Know what your business needs to operate and be flexible with who works from home. Sometimes some employees (like in manufacturing) can’t run CNC machines from home and must come into work, but the receptionist can utilize VoIP and take care of calls all day from home. So understand what your business needs to truly function and make that environment safe for them.

End the end, you’re showing your employees that they are valuable and that you want to keep them safe.  This builds good feelings all around, and can make for a happier and more productive workforce.

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