Is Your Organization Ready for Remote Work?
Thousands or even millions of employees in Indonesia are implementing remote work experiment simultaneously for the first time, considering the government regulation to stay at home to fight COVID-19. Will this change the workplace culture of organization in the future?
Implementing the largest Work From Home arrangement is an opportunity for you to prepare the future workplace, when technology plays the key role for an effective remote working in your organization.
Implementing Work From Home experiment for today’s business continuity is a “sign” that it is time for organizations in Indonesia to review their policies to work remotely, and bolster technology enablement to support alternative types of working.
What are the key factors needed for successful remote working? Here, we summarize the steps of implementing successful remote working from the official blog of Gartner, the world’s leading research and advisory company:
Communicate more effectively than ever before
The first thing to have a successful remote working is communicate, and the way you communicate are critically important. You need to make sure that all leaders are informed so they can give information to their team as needed. An effective and two-way communication help to build the trust you need to get a successful remote working.
Trust in employees to be productive
Trust is the foundation of a successful work from home or remote work initiatives. Employees who work from home often manage their time to leverage productivity. To build trust in employees to be productive, as a leader, you have to communicate about your expectation to them. Therefore, they can do their job to meet your expectation.
We know that worries about employee productivity are often overblown. How can you stop worrying so much? Back to point #1, it is about communication. If communication runs smoothly, you will find it easier to overcome your worries.
If trust successfully touches every area of business, then focus on the results and review your team’s performance and productivity. Feel the level of your team productivity when you can build good communication, and trust with a sense of responsibility.
Strengthen the use of technology
“54% of HR leaders in our snap poll indicated that poor technology and/or infrastructure for remote working is the biggest barrier to effective remote working”, says Aaron McEwan, Vice President, Gartner.
According to that statement, we know that technology plays a key role in creating an effective communication and productive remote work, because inadequate technology and its infrastructure is the biggest barrier to effective remote working.
A cloud-based technology can increase business productivity, so the use of technology in the workplace is important to keep an organization running efficiently and to make the experience productive for both employees and your organization. To increase utilization and improve the effectiveness of best remote working tools and technologies for your organizations, you need to communicate best practices and ideal use cases to your IT team and business partner for providing the best technology solutions for your business.
To sum up, the first lesson learned from this largest Work From Home situation is to accelerate the development of a technology infrastructure that can support alternative types of working. HR leaders can leverage this opportunity to measure the impact on employee productivity to build a business case for technology investment and create better remote work policies that are more progressive, flexible and effective.