Posted by Accountemps on Monday, February 16, 2015 - 00:00 | Follow me
Have you seen an uptick in employee turnover at your company? With an improving economy, many workers are looking for greener pastures, and perks like the option to work remotely just might keep your staff from jumping ship. According to a recent Accountemps survey, 35 percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) interviewed said the top benefit of offering remote work arrangements is higher morale and retention, followed by 28 percent who said increasing productivity by eliminating commute time and 15 percent who believed it saves money by requiring less office space.
Many organizations understand these benefits and are increasing remote work options for their staff, but the results differ by company size. Sixty-eight percent of CFOs at large firms (1000+ employees) said remote work options have increased – double the percentage of CFOs at companies with 20 to 49 employees (34 percent). As mobile technology becomes more affordable, investing in these devices and offering remote work arrangements could help you compete for top talent.
If you’d like to set up a remote workforce at your firm, here are five tips to help you get started:
- Establish guidelines. Determine which roles are eligible for remote work and other requirements, such as demonstrated work experience with little or no supervision, positive performance record, and tenure or experience in the job.
- Clarify your expectations. Make sure participants understand program parameters, such as being reachable during certain times or keeping similar hours as their in-office colleagues.
- Pick up the phone or use video conferencing. For remote arrangements to work, “out of sight” can’t be “out of mind.” Email is great for conveying facts, but hearing an employee’s voice or seeing his or her expression makes for better communication.
- Make sure employees and job candidates are aware. Promote your company’s remote working options to existing employees and job candidates. A fail here is a missed opportunity for your organization and could impede recruitment and retention efforts.
- Don’t forget security. Be sure remote workers are well trained in security matters, such as maintaining virus protection, keeping their software updated and safeguarding confidential information.
Does your firm offer remote work arrangements? Please share any other tips for establishing a remote workforce in the comments below