3 Questions You Need to Answer Before You Go Mobile
There are people who grab onto this idea of remote work like a lifeline, and others who think it’s just a shiny, new trend doomed to fail.
Part of that disparity comes from a misunderstanding about how to properly build a remote workforce. The former realizes it’s a cultural decision that impacts the whole company and has massive impacts for employee engagement, retention and recruitment. The latter either thinks of it only in terms of technology or has failed at an attempt already.
Yes. Technology is a huge part of creating a remote work strategy – especially technology that works for your employees and with the processes and procedures you already have in place. But it’s not the only factor, nor is it the most important.
The fact is, you can’t build a successful remote work strategy, until you answer these three questions:
1. Why are you going mobile?
If you don’t know what successful remote work looks like for your business, then you won’t be able to put a plan in place to get you there.
You may be looking to expand your remote workforce to get access to talent that doesn’t live in your geographic area. Maybe you’re looking to build a more flexible work culture that allows employees to work from home and take care of loved ones.
When you know WHY you’re going mobile, it’s easy to set expectations for your team.
2. What are your expectations of remote workers?
In order for any corporate strategy to work, you have to communicate your expectations. Remote workers aren’t in the office every day for you to connect with, and they almost always miss out on the camaraderie and relationships built in an office.
Make sure you communicate:
- What hours you want them online and available
- Whether you require they be in the office at any regular interval
- How they should communicate with you and other employees
But let’s take it a step further. What expectations are you setting for your leadership and management teams? Before you implement any remote strategy, your entire team should know:
- What technology is required for each new remote position
- How it fits in to your overall environment
- Who is responsible for managing and supporting your remote team
3. What is your overall mission?
The companies that succeed in having a productive, connected remote workforce are the ones that know who they are, why they exist and what value they bring to the marketplace. Every employee is driven by a shared common goal and understands their role in achieving it.
This key piece gets missed by too many business owners, but it’s integral to the success of any corporate strategy. When you know the end-game, and can clearly communicate it to your employees, success is driven by the overall mission. Then, employees are free to work towards it wherever and however they’re most productive.
Once you identify why you’re building a remote workforce, set expectations and create a mission-driven culture, you’re able to build a clear, successful strategy that lets employees work from anywhere there’s an internet connection.