5 Best Remote Productivity Tips to Better Work From Home

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Editorial team
March 4, 2021

"What A Company Needs To Provide Employees For Effective Remote Work?" if you have googled this question and are still struggling for the answer and here is all you need to know. 

The post covid era has given a sudden rise and boosts to the concept of remote working or work from home, beneath this concept the companies are also ready to hire employees irrespective of location. As per the current trend, it seems like Geographical boundaries are no more a concern that governs hiring. 

In a PwC survey of 669 CEOs, 78% agree that remote collaboration is here to stay for the long-term. This suggests that the trend of remote working is going to last longer as it has already been a part of the new normal.

Remote working has been welcomed with open arms by employees and employers; however, both are yielding different types of benefits from this concept. 

Considering the benefits, we must understand every coin has two sides and the other side of the coin brings some barriers rather than drawbacks. 

Remote working is a good concept but to make it a great concept the employee should work productively only then the companies will find remote working as an effective word mode and they shall prefer this option. 

Employers are constantly trying to understand how to measure whether the performance of a remote employee is effective or not? Whether they are being 100% productive or not? 

Otherwise, if this data is not clear, they might turn to be sceptical about hiring remote employees. 

Hence, to find a quick solution; we have listed down 5 ways to make remote working effective and productive:

So, let's begin the drive to make remote work better! 

5 Remote Productivity Tips

1. Schedule the Task: 

In one of our previous blogs; we have already discussed that communicating is crucial; it stands important irrespective of the situation. 

One must communicate about the schedule and follow the same practice every day. This communication should be done in two ways i.e. Employees should communicate about their schedule and the employer should approve it, discuss it and understand how much time the employee will need to perform the function or tasks. 

Employees should be asked to mention the estimated amount of time required for each task and then the actual time for each task should be calculated. So, this way it will give a clear picture of the productivity and speed of the employee. Also after time tracking, employees can do self-evaluation. 

It is advisable to use applications like undiffer to conduct this entire process, doing it in human form will be glitchy and of course, the chances of human error can nullify the entire benefit of task scheduling and time tracking!. 

In nutshell, employees should mention their task or schedule while starting the work and at the end of the day they should inform how much time they took for each task and how many tasks are done. 

2. Conduct Weekly Meetings: 

You can fix a day for each employee or each department whichever is convenient, if the number of employees is less than 10 opt for setting meetings individually with each employee and if the number of employees is more than 10, segmenting meeting department wise is a better option. 

This meeting will be a weekly review meeting, in which you can clearly have word with each employee about their weekly reviews, you can talk with each employee about each client or the project. What have they done for each project in their entire week and how much progress is done in each project. 

The point here is not only getting the crux of the task or project progress but it is to understand the process and efforts done by employees to reach the goals and meet the deadlines. 

Also, you can ask the following questions during the meeting to understand better and get a clear point of views: 

  • What did you do yesterday?
  • What will you do today?
  • Any blockers?
  • What do you need from me? 
  • Where could we improve? 

Generally, such meetings should be kept at weekends or the last working days of the week. And if you are planning to keep such meetings at the starting of the week than the question will be different you can ask the following questions: 

  • What are your goals for this week?
  • How will you plan the work for this week?
  • What are the goals for each project? 
  • Is there any alternate plan or strategy for each project?

3. Build Company Culture:

Building company culture stands vital, you can not ignore this point. Building a company culture involves a lot of parameters. It is not simply about conducting some activities or organizing some training, it is about developing the bond and strengthening the contact between the company and employees. Also, employees should communicate with each other to gel well. 

Unless the company culture is promoted and employees are taken care of, it is not possible to hold employees in the organization for long or employees might feel that they are just hired and are not a vital part of the organization. 

So, developing a company culture is essential and easy. You can explain to every employee about the vision and mission of the company, how the entire work is carried out and what practices that company follows, explain the policies of the company, it includes explaining CSR as well. 

Also, you can promote the company culture by giving some activities or conducting some good work awards. It will motivate an employee to know more about the company and also they will easily sync with the company culture. 

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4. Understand the Employee:

Working remotely snatches the freedom of regularly meeting your employees or understanding them as the communication is less and whatever communication is done it is only about the work. There is no personal interaction with the employee, it becomes tough to develop a connection with the employee. 

You can adopt various ways to understand the employees;

- conducting aptitude test

- keeping a fun day

- communicating other than work-related things

- ask them about their stress level

- understand whether they are eager to take responsibility 

- understand their personality traits

- get suggestions and ideas from them

These activities will help employers to understand the employees well. Many companies just ignore this step, but if they understand employees well- they will be able to get clear insights about the working capacity of the employee, whether he is willing to take responsibility for the work, how well he can take the work pressure, how good he is about taking deadlines seriously and many such questions will take employers to get better insights about personality and work approach of the employees. 

Also, while allowing work to the employee, ask them whether they will be able to complete that work in the given time? 

Asking employees a certain question will help to understand them. Being too authoritative with remote employees will not help to deal with them. If a bond is built with an employee who is working remotely, it will keep them motivated to perform better and be more productive. 

Ultimately their productivity will give the end results if they are working for enough number of hours and still the work is not complete or doesn't give desired results than it indicates that the productivity is low and employees are working for the sake of working and not taking the work seriously or they are not motivated to work properly. 

5. Be Supportive and Supervise: 

Being supportive is applicable to everyone, but especially to the seniors. Employees would love to seek their superiors or head being supportive rather than being authoritative. One needs to understand the queries of employees, address their problem and help them find the right path.

No, this doesn't mean to spoon-feed the employees with every solution but you can surely guide them.

The remote team needs more support and supervising, as they might find it difficult to communicate their problems or the troubles they are facing. 

Guiding the employees is important to get the expected results from them. 

To be supportive you can :

- ask whether an employee needs any help

- supervise the task done by them

- explain to them easy ways to do a certain task

- give them frequent suggestions

These ways you can help them, make their task easy, suggest productive ways. All these are small and little practices that have a great impact. 

Do your bit and motivate employees to do their best! 

Bottom Line: 

Remote Work is a New Paradigm, isn't it?

We have accepted our new normal and accepting the trend of remote working is now part of our routine. We have already accepted the trend but what makes the difference is finding suitable ways to make this concept work more effectively for all of us. Each company has a different way of working, so they can add more practices that boost remote working and helps them to gel well with remote employees. 

Also, there are a series of applications available that will not only ease the communication with remote employees but also it will make the process of remote working as smooth as butter on the pan. Applications have features like a punch in and out option, daily goals listing, time tracking, listing blockers and other features that are perfect for making remote working easy and glitch-free! 


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