Managing the Productivity of Remote Working Employees

Is remote working here to stay, even after COVID-19? Companies are now facing new challenges and ways of working to ensure the wellbeing of staff and productivity levels are maintained.

Remote working also poses other obstacles including integrating structure, maintaining the security of company data, and the balance of work and home life for employees to ensure work efficiency and productivity.

“Every board call I’ve had since COVID began has had wellness as one of the first topics of conversation. Employee wellness is also linked to operational resilience. The more burnt-out your people are, the more operational risk you might see”

- Jan Bellens, Tapestry Networks.

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Receive immediate visibility and insights into how your team works remotely

With the enhanced focus on wellness in the workplace and flexibility being a key driver for employee satisfaction and retention, business owners are reviewing their management styles and operations.

So, what’s stopping business leaders?

The uncertainty of the transition, how productive employees will be with the balance of their work and home life, and also maintaining the security of company data.

Fortunately, there is a technology solution for this. The new remote workforce productivity management tracker allows businesses to better understand how and what their team do at work. It’s a cloud-based user activity monitoring software which provides managers with insights that enable organisations to be more productive, secure and compliant.

Features & Benefits a Workforce Tracker can Provide my Business

· Analyse workforce productivity

o Get a clear picture of how work gets done

o Understand how staff are using their time

o Leverage productivity data to help drive more business

o Analyse activity and behaviour to ensure accountability

o Identify overworked employees to create changes

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Example of a productivity tracker report interface

· Measure operational efficiency

o Understand the cause of peaks and troughs of workload

o Resolve bottlenecks of workflow

o Manage costs with better visibility

o Provides the necessary data to make informed decisions for better business outcomes

· Data Protection Offsite

o Automated security alerts and response notifications

o Uncover security vulnerabilities from remote user access

o Analyse user behavioural data to identify suspicious threats

o Screen captures to locate possible cyber threats

Businesses must be extra attentive to the risk of cybersecurity in this new environment of remote working.

The requirement to quickly adapt multiple processes and protocols to allow remote working opens new risks to the confidentiality, integrity and availability of sensitive and critical company data.

Therefore, information technology functions are being distracted as they respond to an increasing volume of requests while continuing to maintain existing IT security practices. Meanwhile, this is a vulnerable period for cyber threats to exploit the changing work environment brought on by the pandemic. Read more about questions to consider when assessing the risks of remote access.

It’s similar to Google Analytics, instead, it’s for your office instead of your website.

If you’re a business leader who is managing a remote team or considering it, implementing a workforce tracker will help you monitor employees, provide you with productivity metrics, and behavioural analytics.

The tool provides you with easy reports, intuitive dashboards and unlimited app integration – so you don’t need to worry it won’t adapt to your internal systems. There are affordable and free options.

Find out more about how you can gain immediate visibility and insights into how your team is working, without having to, manage.

Over 50 percent of employees in New Zealand have flexible work hours, allowing them to start and finish work at different times each day, and one-third have worked from home

- Stats NZ, 2019

The recovery of the pandemic requires the mental and tactical preparedness to take one step back for every few steps forward.

Now is the time for companies to prepare for how they can help shape a ‘new normal’ for the workforce. Read more on questions boards should consider as their companies focus on the now, next and beyond of returning to work.

To find out more about how you can receive support on transitioning your workplace to remote working or to better manage your employees, contact Think I.T. We will service and guide your teams when it comes to your workforce tracker technology needs to ensure you’re nurturing the wellbeing of your employees and achieving overall success for your business.


The importance of flexibility for employees

Flexibility is desirable for employees for a variety of reasons, including improving the wellbeing of employees and more work-life balance. However, some companies can be sceptical by offering remote working to their employees.

Let’s take millennials as an example, who have been faced with the dominant assumption that they are the entitled generation. They’re typically known to prefer workplaces with funky open spaces, extended leave, a social ping pong culture, and beers in the fridge.

However, debunking this myth, Millennials are drawn to corporations and more established organisations. Though they do seek flexibility, career progression, and fair pay when selecting a company and role to work for.

Here are some interesting findings on career concerns today:

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“Despite the common misconception that Millennials are unwilling to commit to one job, nearly 40% of Millennials believe that staying with one company Is the best way to advance their careers”

- Cathy Koch, EY Global Tax Policy Network

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Image Credit: EY Global Tax Policy Network

Here are some benefits of remote working for employees:

· Reduce staff stress

· Save time commuting

· Retain good employees

· Boosts productivity with fewer distractions

· Boosts staff morale

· Boosts brand image as employees share their positive work culture with others

Benefits of remote working for businesses

Business leaders may be uncertain with offering flexible remote working conditions to employees. However, companies benefit from this long-term arrangement also.

Remote-working can be seen as an opportunity to work in more sustainable ways which can be beneficial for both parties. Think about it; less unnecessary meetings, less office space, no commuting, fewer distractions, and improved focus and productivity!

Malcom Dale, Director
"You can really rely on Think I.T. The whole team is responsive and proactive. For us, they are not just a technology provider but also our expert advisers, giving us professional, informed advice even where the best solutions aren't necessarily in their own interests."

Malcom Dale, Director
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10-20 users, Think I.T client since 2000

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