Many startups around the globe are embracing flexible workplaces where employees have the option to work remotely. Whether employees are working entirely from home, working part-time in the office, or working from anywhere with an internet connection, remote working has created a new dynamic to the way that startups operate.
Remote working can have several benefits for startups such as reducing expenditure, increased employee satisfaction, and improved productivity. However, managing a remote team does not guarantee immediate success, and there are challenges involved. Here is how your startup can successfully implement a remote working culture:
1. A shared mission
Having a company mission statement and vision is vital to ensure you have buy-in from employees. How do you get employees to buy into the mission when they’re never in the office? Virtual meetings will be a core component in bringing the team together to communicate the company’s vision. This can be difficult if your remote workers are in different countries with different time-zones. However, it’s still necessary.
Outside of meetings, the company’s vision should be reinstated in all employee communications. This could be through email, SMS, or phone calls. Communication with all remote employees will make them feel like a core component of the team, making them more likely to have buy-in to the company’s long-term goals.
2. Hiring the right people
If you’ve never managed a remote team before, it can be a daunting prospect. How do you know whether your employees have the right mindset and skills to be able to work remotely? Luckily, there are plenty of services and tools available to help you on the journey to find the right personnel.
Digital platforms exist to help startups find highly qualified remote workers across different industries. These platforms use vetting software to locate and recommend skilled workers that have proven experience working remotely. Some of these platforms also provide best practice information when it comes to hiring and managing remote teams.
3. A culture that resonates with employees regardless of location
It is commonplace for remote workers to often feel isolated and undervalued in their working environment. A positive culture that embraces communication with all remote employees is critical in making remote workers feel important. Relationships do not have to be built through in-person meetings. Rather, online meetings and chat tools can strengthen bonds between team members and make them feel involved in the business’s daily operations. Constant communication will allow management to have insight into challenges and wins that each remote worker is experiencing, ensuring they feel valued.
4. Remote worker accountability
Employee accountability can be a concern for startup owners that are considering whether or not to embrace a remote working culture. This can especially be the case for all the the micro-managers out there. From ensuring milestones are hit, to tracking employee working hours, there are many accountability concerns that can cause some startups to steer away from remote workers. Digital management tools are a great way to allay any accountability fears. Certain software tools can be used to track employee working hours and milestones. These can provide managers peace of mind in ensuring that remote workers are upholding their end of the bargain.
With these considerations in mind, there is no reason as to why remote working can’t be successfully implemented in a startup. Just because your workers are geographically dispersed, that does not mean you can’t get the same results that you would if they were physically in the office. In fact, by showing trust in your employees, you can often get the best out of them. Remote employees will often want to repay the faith you’ve shown by producing high-quality results.