Making remote work possible doesn’t necessarily mean making it easy.
That’s the hard lesson companies and employees alike have had to learn in the past few months as they’ve scrambled to figure out how to function when working from home full-time, whether remote work was a regular part of their employee experience or not.
It’s a paradigm shift no one could have foreseen, but one that has highlighted critical shortfalls in every organization, even those that thought they were giving workers all the tools they need to be fully functional outside of a physical office location. While it’s no doubt been admirable that most organizations were able to deliver the same functionality as their corporate office environment (especially when 100% of the workforce is suddenly required to work remotely), current approaches to remote work are falling short of delivering the simplicity and flexibility employees need to effectively manage the multitude of priorities they’re faced with today.
There are huge opportunities for organizations that create a digital experience that puts employee needs front and center. They just have to demand more from the remote work experience they deliver, and that starts by asking “what if?”
What if employees had better communication and more time to focus on high-value work – what kind of results would that drive?
And what if they had the intelligent tools they needed to work effectively wherever and whenever it was convenient for them - what levels of productivity and results would that flexibility unlock?
And what if they were empowered to control their own work/life balance because they had the centralized mobile access to the systems and information they need to process approvals and manage tasks on the go? How much happier and productive would they be, and how HUGE of an impact could that have on the business?
The answers to all of those questions are simple.
Organizations that view remote work more broadly and take an employee-first approach that goes beyond just enabling work to get “done” can revolutionize both their employee experience and their business.
You can take the first step in transforming your remote work experience now, by checking out the Definitive 6-Step Checklist for Making Remote Work Easier for Your Employees.