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Working From Home: Finding The Right Balance

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The new work-from-home paradigm is quickly redefining the traditional office infrastructure by introducing benefits and challenges to both employees and employers. As remote work has steadily increased throughout various work climates, many companies have adopted the practice as part of their company culture. Working from home has been commonly demanded by employees as a means of increasing productivity and is been proven as efficient in various industries. The ample advantages of working from home, from creating a flexible schedule to heightened focus, are a result of proper telecommunications and department management. As many quotidian work tasks can be done remotely, modern businesses invest time and money in developing the right WFH protocols to suit their employees and production.

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But this new dynamic has its own set of challenges, where employees and employers may both seem to suffer. The “out-of-office” setting can mean delayed response times, home distractions, and decreased willpower if not recognized in the beginning. Devising HR directors to delegate a proper remote-work procedure that identifies and confronts potential obstacles, and to relay it for employees to follow will decrease room for error and maximize the probability of success. Employee productivity boosters, quantifying accountability, giving employees initiative will help them find the right balance between home and work life. We’ve compiled a few tips and things to consider when creating a work-from-home plan.

Consider the Potential Challenges from The Start

Analyze your company’s current culture, where it thrives and where it can improve. Understand where employees operate the best and where they face challenges. Taking this information and applying it towards the anticipation of a work-from-home scheme can show any red flags before they’re raised. Seeking possible expectations will help customize the best plan possible for your organization to not only smoothly transfer, but to also maintain longevity.

Do research to target any at-home challenges as well. Mitigate a strategy that prevents distractions, increases motivation, and allows communications to flourish. Devise different plans for different structures or departments to have a company that truly works for its employees, not against them. Trial-and-error will help perfect any future flare-ups, but preparation is always the best investment. For further understanding of the positive repercussions of working from home, click here

Focus on Accountability

Most employees enjoy having responsibility, independent-work initiatives, and creative freedom. Traditional offices can work against the grain of promoting employee enthusiasm, usually by limiting roles and adhering to old systems. Trust your employees to use the comfort of their new setting to their advantage and best practice of the company. But to monitor areas of success and failure, incorporate technologies that analyze data, require log-in hours, and use cloud computing between users, information, and software.

Maintaining certain expectations, creating goals and targets remind employees of short- and long-term company objectives, reinforce the importance of their task, and promote inventive thinking. Set up weekly calls, check-in online, and set firm deadlines. Navigate the trajectory of work-from-home objectives and incentivize its success. As working from home is truly independent, holding employees accountable for their work leaves less room for error.

How To Help Your Employees Create Work-Home Balance

Being resourceful for your employees results in them being resourceful for your company. Helping them strike the perfect ratio between work and home responsibilities requires guidance. Setting up boundaries between the two will help employees garner the right mind frame to work better with less effort. Allow employees to make their own schedules that work for them and around their other duties. This will minimize wasted-time and heighten focus. Also, make sure employees aren’t working too hard. Read more about employee burn-out here.

Now that boundaries seem blurred, 9-5 gets extended to when employees wake up to when they go to bed. Unplugging is just as important for making sure employees are healthy and performing optimally. Encourage employees to set schedules that consider all parts of their to-do list. Have them designate a space to work in and a space to rest. Set reminders for breaks to refocus and refresh. Use programs, like Slack or Google Drive, to share, chat, and work in a synchronized and cohesive manner.

Keep in Mind:

  • Everyone works differently and it’s important to have open dialogue surrounding this.
  • Allow fewer restrictions around creative thinking and thought processes.
  • Promote feedback and constructive criticisms.
  • Give space for your company’s culture to shine through.

 

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Mario Malatesta

Mario Malatesta

With experience in the financial services industry and the group benefits industry, Mario Malatesta founded GroupQuest Benefits Resources Inc with just his business partner. Today, GroupQuest is a leading Group MGA in Canada with about $150M of group insurance premium in force and a support team of over 35 staff members including: renewal, marketing, sales, and service support teams. GroupQuest has offices in Vancouver, BC and Calgary, AB, as well as a head office in Mississauga, ON.   Mario is married with two children (twins). He enjoys many different sports and travelling with his family.

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