1. Communicate Communicate Communicate!
Communicate on a daily basis – consider what you need – then double it! Begin with your managers and ensure they deploy in the same way.
2. Code of conduct
Set clear objectives or expectations about what needs to be done with specific measures. Identify what is acceptable behaviour during the time of remote working and also what is unacceptable.
3. Monitor Performance
Performance has been shown to increase as a direct result of remote working due to the flexible nature of allowing people to complete their job.
4. Work Routine
Encourage your team to treat their day as if they were in the office. Follow a similar work pattern and isolate from mobile phone, children, flat mates and other distractions that people wouldn’t normally have access to.
5. Comply with the Working Time Regulations
Clearly state the time someone should be working, don’t expect people to work longer because they are not commuting, allow sufficient number of rest breaks and do not expect people to work beyond the 48 hour week, unless they have opted out.
6. Protect yourself with a Policy
Clearly define working arrangements and expectations to ensure you protect both the employees and your business. This should include communication, equipment, hours of work, duration, confidential data and security.
Review the implementation of remote working and ask for feedback. Consider what is going well and what could be improved.