Do you remember the first day you officially moved employees to working remotely in March 2020? As everything around us was changing, you may have wondered how working remotely would affect your organization’s productivity, workplace culture, and ultimate success.
Two years later, we see the pandemic has reshaped the idea of productivity. Data shows that a productive workday can happen in the office or at home. For example, a State of Remote Work study by Owl Labs and Global Workplace Analytics found that 83% of participants say they are just as or even more productive at home compared to the office.
Not only does working remotely support productivity, but it turns out workers are big fans of the flexibility and work-life balance it creates. Buffer’s 2022 State of Remote Work survey found 97% of those polled said they want to work remotely at least partially for the rest of their careers. Also, 61% of respondents have had a positive experience working from home and would recommend it.
Whether you’re a business owner, leader, manager, and entrepreneur, a response to the shift in workplace flexibility and other post-pandemic shifts is unavoidable – and often comes with hard decisions. You have to be very intentional about setting remote work expectations, communicating those expectations, and holding employees accountable to build a happy, productive remote workforce. Close HR Connections offers our guidance through these challenges and changes. Contact us to schedule an on-site or virtual consultation with our HR experts for services such as:
- Creating an HR Game Plan
- Building foundational HR documentation including employee policies, procedures, handbooks, and job descriptions
- Creating work from home expectations and communicating with employees
- Developing and retaining talent
- Implementing performance management with a remote workforce
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