The following is a post from Jason Richmond, President/CEO and Chief Culture Officer for Ideal Outcomes, Inc., a company that has developed remote learning programs for companies of all sizes. Additionally, Jason is the author of Culture Spark: 5 Steps to Ignite and Sustain Organizational Growth.
A successful remote work program requires several ingredients for success. Discover some of our tips and see how you can use them for your organization:
The Right Tools
The foremost challenge is getting technology in their hands. To ensure continuity, partner with your IT teams and make sure the right software is in place, from virtual private networking (VPN) to team collaboration tools like Zoom, Slack, and WebEx.
Additionally, make sure your employees have the right security software on their machines. Maintaining data integrity and the privacy of critical business documents is less costly than dealing with a remote data breach.
Build in Social Time
When workers are remote, we lose that impromptu chat in the break room or by the coffee pot. When naturally occurring socialization is lost, we need to purposely create it. Loneliness is a pervasive and growing problem according to SHRM, particularly with Generation Z (18- to 24-year-olds).