Do you know the benefits of remote working? Do you doubt that it would work for you? Would you like to give it a try? Don’t know how to convince your boss or even how to start?
If so, I have something for you.
This article is based on my experience of having the complete company working remotely once a week for the past few months.
Remote working has been growing in the past few years but for some organizations can be a change difficult to accept.
If you are in an environment with resistance to Remote Working, the best way is to propose a small experiment. The best way to prove a hypothesis is to test it following the scientific method.
I suggest you present the case to the leadership presenting a few reasons (listed below) and proposing a small experience to prove them.
- Studies report that working from home has a huge impact on productivity.
- It’s a benefit the company gives which can help to hire people.
- It reduces costs both for the company and employee.
- Leads to an improvement of the team communication skills.
- Studies report that people who worked remotely were less likely to leave the company.
- Health improvements.
- Less time spent commuting.
How to start
After presenting a few reasons supporting your case, the best thing to do is to propose an experiment to evaluate the results.
- Start small. I suggest starting with one day a week.
- Set a period for the experiment. I suggest to never do it for less than 3 months since in the first weeks everyone is still adapting.
- Try to block a day in the calendar. For example, schedule a recurring “Remote Wednesday” meeting.
- Try to organize the work to leave remote days free of meetings. If you have a creative job, this is a good day to focus.
- Make sure that everyone has a good pair of headphones.
- Make sure that the team has the right tools to facilitate the communication (Slack, Microsoft Teams, Skype, Zoom or other).
Don’t forget to define a few success metrics and define how you will evaluate them.
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