With a continual increase in off-site workers confirming that it’s much more than a passing trend.
According to the ONS Labour Force Survey (May 2019) the number of people working from home in the UK has risen from 884,000 to over 1.54 million in the past decade.
For many, this new found flexibility has not only created more opportunities but enabled them to think more clearly and increase productivity. Technology has undoubtedly been the catalyst for this evolution, changing everything from the way we access information to how quickly we can get through our to do lists.
Studies have also shown that when employees are able to work from home they’re happier, which in turn boosts morale and retention rates.
But while remote working has become an expectation rather than just an occasional perk, many managers are still struggling to keep up.
So, how do you keep an eye on your team and make sure everything’s going according to plan when you’re in completely different places? And how do you know that “working from home” doesn’t just mean “having a skive day in front of the TV”?
It all comes down to a combination of effective leadership and the right technology. Whether you’re managing a small team or running a huge corporation, the right set-up and approach will help your business reap the benefits of remote working and create an environment of freedom and trust.