The problem of remote workers’ work check is a dilemma for numerous company owners. In the time of the worker market, entrepreneurs more and more frequently reach for workers who willingly work at home. What are the difficulties associated with this happenings?
The most commonly cited problems are:
- limited project communication;
- limited communication with the team;
- changed working hours;
- not complying with the set working hours;
- technical restraint (lack of proper tools, weak Internet connection);
- lack of a common culture in the company.
Our more than 3 years of experience in working with distant team members tell us that the key to success is effective communication and work control.
Common Space To Chat
If you want to communicate with a remote worker; select the right medium like Slack. Regardless of which app you choose. Every solution is nice as long as it’s beneficial for your team and workers use it gladly. For instance, we like to send each other hilarious GIF files and vote for the most entertaining comments.
Kanban Software And Regular Contact
With Kanban, I mean an appropriate philosophy of action, based on the action plan and registration of the work performed. Regular planning of work, weekly conferences of the whole team, regular phone calls or Skype conferences – this is the everyday reality of every work. Equally vital is also the option of the project management tool.
Working at a assigned project, you should always mark the people associated with it; the people accountable for specified tasks, the deadlines, and be able to ascertain the status of specific tasks (e.g. ”just started,” ”half-completed,” ”completed”) – we employ percentage criteria (0%, 25%, 50%, 75%, 100%).
Control Of Working Hours
To guarantee regular working hours, management of work efficiency, and the project budget; it’s important to use the right tools that would control the work of workers on a computer and track the time consumed on particular tasks.
As we are a company offering such a tool, it will be strange if we did not apply it ourselves. Strange but not impracticable, because that was the case at the start of our business ventures. We even printed an article about what errors we made back then in the implementation of our software. It turned out to be a worthy experience, and the article itself was well-received by our clients. We assume that at least some of them managed to avoid repeating our mistakes.
It is not numbers and programs that work, but we, people.