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Fear not remote working!

Updated: Nov 10, 2023


Over the past few years, remote working has become increasingly popular as more and more companies adopt this mode of working.

We are increasingly being asked by our customers to include the setup of processes and technologies designed to help develop and manage the successful integration of remote working into their operational systems.

However, some companies are still hesitant to embrace remote work, fearing a loss of control over their employees and decreasing productivity.

Let us explore some of the reasons why companies are afraid of remote working and how these fears can be allayed.


Fear of decreased Productivity

One of the most significant fears companies have regarding remote work is a potential decrease in productivity. Many managers believe that employees who work from home will be easily distracted, which will negatively impact their work output.

Our post-implementation analysis of the projects we have been involved in has shown that remote workers are up to 23% more productive than their office-based counterparts.

It is vital to have clear communication strategies and set expectations for remote workers. Managers can use software collaboration tools to keep in touch with their team and ensure everyone is on the same page. Additionally, companies can set clear deadlines and performance metrics to measure productivity, thereby ensuring that remote workers are meeting their targets.


Fear of Loss of Control

Another common fear that companies have regarding remote working is the loss of control over their employees. Managers worry that remote workers will not be as accountable as those who work in the office and they will not be able to manage their employees as effectively.

To address these fears, companies can establish clear guidelines for remote work, including communication protocols, performance expectations, and work hours. It is also essential to provide remote workers with the necessary tools and resources to perform their jobs effectively. This includes access to the necessary remote working management systems, equipment, and training. Companies that embrace, properly plan for and resource this innovation are far more successful.


Fear of Security Risks

Cybersecurity is another concern that companies have regarding remote working. With employees accessing company data and systems from remote locations, there is a risk of data breaches and other security threats. This fear can be allayed by implementing strict security protocols, including secure network connections, password protection, and regular security updates. It is also important to educate workers about security best practices to minimise the risk of cyber threats.

Businesses should not fear remote working but embrace it as an opportunity to improve productivity, increase employee satisfaction, and reduce overhead costs. By implementing clear communication strategies, setting performance expectations, establishing guidelines for remote work, providing necessary tools and resources, and implementing strict security protocols, companies can allay their fears and reap the benefits of remote work.

Sean Hyland & Associates have been at the leading edge in the development of operational processes, technology systems and the associated training elements enabling small to medium-sized businesses to grow while reducing cost and increasing margins through the smart implementation of remote working protocols.


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