Increasingly, people are seeing that the benefits of remote work outweigh the more traditional office experience. One of the reasons for this is fewer distractions which in turn leads to increased productivity. Employers offering a flexible remote option can translate into long-term loyalty and reduced costs. Working remotely is not only cost-effective, it also allows you to recruit the absolute best team from the best pool of candidates out there. Here are some points to consider about remote work:

• Some leaders worry that if they can’t see their employees working hard in the office, it means they might not be working at all. So how can you ensure a productive and honest work relationship wen it’s all done remotely? Change your business mindset from time-oriented to results-oriented. A results-oriented culture fosters trust and transparency, not only between leaders but also among co-workers.

• Going remote is a big decision, there are a few non-negotiables for getting started. First, your communication skills need to be top-notch. You need to be self – sufficient and have solid technological foundations.

• When working remotely, focus and remember to communicate clearly with your team. Effective communication goes beyond using your words. It encompasses several other aspects such as non-verbal cues, emotional intelligence, and active listening.

• Transitioning your business to a remote option should be done in gradual, measurable steps. From a leadership perspective, taking the time to transition to a remote option provides the opportunity to see if your employee has the right kind of skills to succeed in such an environment.

• Create a detailed onboarding plan for new hires. Translate your expectations of a new employee into a specific and realistic plan to help her/ him get started.

• Most on-site benefits can easily be adapted into online benefits. It is vital to develop online rapport with co-workers – establish regular online video calls, interact, share knowledge and thoughts.

Final thoughts…

As companies are looking to stay with the times and embrace a remote option, to succeed, you need to work hard on getting corporate culture and employee experiences right, especially due to all the uncertainty about the future of work in the present moment.

Savvy leaders recognize that the best productivity standards are ones that most clearly align with delivering results for the company’s overall objectives.