Telecommuting expert, Brandon Dempsey VP of Suite Commute, says it’s important for companies to understand that although they can likely implement a telecommuting program with their current infrastructure, sound policies and procedures are critical to any program’s success.
Below are five of the most common mistakes that companies make when they implement a remote work and telecommuting program:
1. Lack concrete policies and procedures
2. Overinvest in technology – Existing IT infrastructure can often be used without acquiring any new software or hardware.
3. Fail to train managers – Managing someone from afar requires a different set of management skills, especially concerning communication.
4. Miss the implementation strategy – Organizations should map out their business drivers and define the goals they want to achieve by implementing a virtual work option before implementing a telecommuting program.
5. Overlook a pilot program. Companies should first test the initiative on a sample of employees. Once the appropriate policies and procedures are in place, the initiative can be expanded.
We hear a lot today about telecommuting. It has become to be seen as a shining star within a good wellness program. However, we need to be careful that we don’t see it as the right solution for everyone or every company. For those that can implement this as an option, it must be done right, with planning and proper discussion around the impact on the work team and the management of that team. All wellness programs have an impact on the way the business is done – and it is our responsibility to ensure that these programs are implemented with care and attention to detail in order to reduce stress not create additional stressors.
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