According to Global Workplace Analytics’ research in 2015, as much as 25 percent of the American workforce does at least some work away from the office. Many large Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies are restructuring their offices to accommodate mobile workforces, and most workers prefer the flexibility to work from home.
As the trend in workplace flexibility takes a firmer root in the overall workforce, some critics cite remote workforce management as a serious concern. Leaders are constantly challenged with creating ways to measure productivity while also ensuring that those attending remote collaborative meetings aren’t also engaged in creative “multitasking” – checking emails, texts, or working on other deliverables during important meetings. Creating purpose and driving and inspiring trust are also serious issues that remote management teams must face. The question has transformed from “How do we accommodate a request for remote work?” to “How can we maintain the same standards of team collaboration and success in a remote environment?”
Tip No. 1: Invest in the Right Tools
Without the right technology supporting a remote workforce, a sense of satisfaction and cohesion is difficult to manage. In remote work, collaborative conferencing and process technology tools build the foundation of every other task, and that is true for any business that offers remote working arrangements. There are many tools available for remote teams to use to collaborate, host virtual meetings, communicate, and manage projects seamlessly with team members around the world.
For example, comprehensive collaboration solutions are available that can accommodate video meetings and instantaneous content sharing. This allows national or global teams to get together effortlessly, whether they need to share documents, graphs, and other data, or just need a good brainstorming session to move a project forward. […]