Even though many businesses have reopened, there are still many employees working remotely. It's entirely possible that things won't completely go back to how they used to be, and that working remotely may become the standard for many positions. With that, it's still necessary to manage remote employees and keep them productive.
Making the transition to working remotely can be difficult for some employees. This may be the first time they've had to work from home. With a much shorter commute, easy access to the comforts of home, and a new set of distractions to take the mind off of work, it's more important than ever to set clear standards and expectations. These can help employees stay disciplined and productive while working remotely. You might consider standards such as completing a set number of hours of work each day or completing a specific number of tasks during a specified duration of time. If a clock is ticking, it may help motivate employees to stay focused.
Field management software can be a lifesaver for businesses with remote employees. With employees more spread out than ever, it can be tough to keep track of which tasks have been assigned or completed. Communication is made more difficult, since you might not be able to just walk into the room and have a quick chat with someone anymore. Field management software can help with these problems. Field management software helps your team get things done faster. When used properly, it can improve your productivity by making it easy to see who is working on what, what still needs to be assigned, and who it can be assigned to. It can also help you measure productivity by providing you with reports and analyses that you can use to see how you're doing.
Of course, even the best expectations, standards, and management software won't do any good if your remote employees don't have the equipment they need to do their job. There's a decent chance they already have a personal phone and laptop. Depending on the job, that may not be enough. Some jobs may require higher functioning devices, and using a personal phone for business isn't usually a good idea. You aren't necessarily required to provide employees with equipment. However, to avoid problems you should outline specifically what equipment and supplies you will provide and what employees are expected to provide, as well as the minimum specifications needed.
Your business needs to stay productive and your employees still need some degree of management, even if they are working remotely. Start by making sure employees have the equipment they need for work. Set clear expectations for your employees and use field management software to keep track of tasks performed. This will help you set yourself up for success in managing remote employees and keeping your business productive.