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.
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).
Over time, it’s becoming more apparent that people’s personal and professional lives will occasionally overlap. The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that 63 percent of families with children under the age of 18 had both parents employed. Add in millions of single parents trying to balance home and work responsibilities and you have a lot of employees who seriously value a family-friendly workplace.
Managing work and family obligations can take a serious toll on people, which can have a direct impact on your business. Not only can this balance impact the quality of their work, but it can also lead frustrated mothers and fathers to look for more family-friendly workplaces. Fortunately, family-friendly policies are beneficial to employers as well as employees. According to the University of Kansas, a family-friendly workplace can help you:
- Make employees more productive
- Create a less stressful work environment
- Attract more top talent
- Retain quality employees
So what can you do to make your business more family-friendly? Here are four policies that can help your business appeal to existing and potential family-oriented employees.
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.