Working from home creates a few challenges – more distractions, an inability to work in the same room as your coworkers, etc. Each of these realities can have a direct impact on productivity. With more employees working from home than ever before, it’s important to take steps to set telecommuting employees up for success. Here are four ways that you can help your employees stay productive when working from home.
It’s not easy running a business. In trying times, it becomes even harder. Disasters, pandemics, and other events can wreak havoc on your business. While property damage and other issues can be calculated, it’s difficult to measure the impact these events have on a key element of your business – your employees.
Difficult times can have a direct impact on your employees both professionally and personally. Supporting them during these times can help ease your employees’ situation, which can both resonate with your workforce and help improve productivity. Here are five steps you can take to make a difficult situation better for you and your employees.
Over the years, remote work has become increasingly more common. According to SmallBizGenius, the number of people who work from home has increased by 140 percent from 2005 to 2019 – and that rate has probably grown even more as a result of the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak. In fact, Global Workplace Analytics estimates that up to 30 percent of the entire workforce will work from home at least a couple times a week by the end of 2021.
While technological advances make it easier for employers to provide work-from-home privileges to employees, it does lead to a good question: How does workers’ compensation apply to employers who work from home? Whether your employees are temporarily working from home or are full-time telecommuters, it’s important to understand exactly how workers’ compensation applies to remote employees (and what you should do protect you and your workers).
It’s already difficult to manage payroll for a small business, but it can get even trickier if you have employees who work out of state. Whether you have remote employees, live near a border, or have any other reason for an employee to complete their work in a different state, there are certain rules set by the Department of Labor (DOL) and other federal and state agencies that you need to follow when handling payroll for those workers.
Thanks to technological advancements in the modern workplace, remote work, or work-from-home (WFH) jobs have become increasingly more common. According to the Global Workplace Analytics’ analysis of 2018 American Community Service data, work-from-home jobs have grown 173 percent since 2005—11 percent faster than the rest of the workforce. Remote work has likely grown even more so as a result of the 2020 outbreak of COVID-19, which prompted many employers to shift to a remote work model to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Telecommuting can be an attractive work option for both employees and employers. For employees, flexible work hours and more time to spend with family can make remote work an ideal situation. For employers, hiring remote workers can save money and increase productivity if you manage your remote team effectively.
As more businesses implement work-from-home policies, employers will need to consider how the trend will impact HR initiatives. Here are some best practices for managing HR for remote employees.