Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Transitioning to a Remote Team
According to Upwork’s 2018 Future Workforce Report, 38% of hiring managers predict that their employees will work predominantly remotely in the next 10 years. But anyone who’s ever worked in a remote setting can tell you that it can be drastically different than working with a traditional in-office team. You’ll have to measure productivity differently and compensate for lack of in-person communication. With that in mind, here are just a few important mistakes to avoid when you’re forming or transitioning to a remote-based team of employees.
Not Exploring Digital Resources
Before starting any type of remote working initiative, make sure that your cloud-based solutions and digital resources are up for the challenge. Research from InformationWeek shows that 62% of businesses said that improved employee collaboration is a top business driver for UC, and any remote team will need to enhance their cloud tools in order to reach the level of collaboration required for success. Not looking into tools like Cisco unified communications resources could definitely cost you productivity in the long run.
Not Adjusting Hiring Process
Considering the increased convenience and independence of remote positions, it should come as no surprise that they’re in high demand, so expect to receive an influx of applicants. With this in mind, it’s important to compensate by vetting employees more rigidly than you would for tradition in-office positions.
“Hiring also can become a costlier process if you don’t have specific filters in place to find the best candidates. Remote positions tend to attract a lot of applicants, but if you aren’t equipped to select those who are truly prepared to flourish in this setting, your hiring process will be longer with stops and starts. It’s also worth noting that shipping and handling expenses will be an initial burden for any company making the transition to fully remote work,” writes Remote.Co.
Recent research from Software Advice shows that 76% of small and medium sized-businesses are interested in purchasing a UC solution, and avoiding these mistakes can help set your team on track to remote-working success. For more information about chatbots, Cisco provisioning managers, and other Cisco unified communications solutions, contact Stack 8.