Remote working is the New Path to Happy Employees
The Global workplace has changed dramatically in the last generation. Employees are no longer just happy to have a job. Baby Boomers who are still in the workforce are anticipating their retirement. After watching their workaholic parents’ Generation X aren’t about to make the same mistakes and Generation Y are tech savvy and taught to question authority. Now with millennials ever attached to technology and desiring self –fulfillment and personal satisfaction, this is no longer your parents’ workforce.
The one thing desired by all generations within the workforce is FLEXIBILITY. Employees want to determine for themselves, where , when and how they work.
WHAT IS WORK?
But what is this work? Work is no longer defined by physical labor or specific tasks. Work until recently was defined as how much corn was harvested or how many sprockets were successfully constructed on an assembly line. Work was not completed until all the corn was out of the field and productivity was easily attached to production numbers and percentage of properly completed pieces. To complete work better you could simply work hard or longer. Now, work does not require presence, it requires thought and actions. Work is no longer a place you go, but rather a thing you do. So how do we measure this work? While we can not look into a field and see the remaining harvested corn, we can look at results. Similar to manufactured sprockets, we can look at call volume, emails, website visits and a number of additional technologies and analytics that allow for a clear reporting on specifics work-related tasks.
With work becoming more knowledge based, Today’s workforce is more diverse and more educated than any other time in our history. These qualities paired with inexpensive computers, handheld devices, low cost connections, and ultimately a global communications network; an employee can now control their own office anywhere in the world. When allowing employees to work remotely, you must first drill down your desired results and outline clear measurable goals. Once these goals are established, your company will need to provide unified communications, security and hardware to empower your workforce. Below are the basic components of a successful employee mobility program.
Technology components will easily allow for a Results based management and can provide for a happier and more loyal workforce that ever before. Allowing for remote work also means when hiring, your company has a larger pool of talented workers to choose from and will be able to attract key talent.
- Unified Communications Solution
- Unified Mobility Solution
- Unified Messaging Solution
- BYOD/C policy or CYOD policy
- File Sharing
By supplying your employees the tools and the opportunity to create their own work environment, you are empowering them to have more control over their lives. When you treat employees like professional, responsible adults you create a happy workforce that increases productivity, lowers turnover and reduces wasteful activity. When work is no longer a place you go, but rather a thing you do, mentality changes to productivity rather than appearance. You have eliminated the need for clock-watching and provided employees that are in charge of their own destiny.
- Greater Organizational commitment
- More job Satisfaction
- Family-Friendly culture
- Increased Job Security
- Increased Employee Loyalty
- Less- work-family conflict
- More frequent exercise
- More energy
- Lower turnover
With so many benefits to remote employees, let us help to explain the technology structure and help you implement your Unified IT solutions to make this workplace work for you.
In the next several articles we will be highlighting more solutions for your business to begin on a path that will more closely resemble the global workplace of the future.