With the surge in remote working, remote employees must stay productive. However, corporate mechanisms like employee monitoring software and internet monitoring software only track the performance metrics, not the well-being of the remote employees. Therefore, companies should resort to rewarding remote employees with benefits. However, they should remember to keep the difference between the remote employee and on-campus employee’s working conditions while working out professional benefits.
A 9-to-5 job is the norm for employees working in offices. However, it is impractical to expect remote employees to work for the same number of hours as they are tasked with other daily obligations like looking after the children and getting groceries. A flexible schedule will help remote employees make the most of their working time while providing them with adequate time to relax.
Different remote employees have different times of high productivity. It could be early in the morning, after evening, or late in the night. Companies should only focus on getting employees to complete their assignments and not confine them to a 9-to-5-time frame. Providing remote employees with a flexible schedule allows companies to help remote employees strike a perfect work-life balance and increase their productivity.
Technological Assistance for Workstations
While in office, the accessibility to the latest technology is omnipresent that it is invisible to the eye. However, when works shifts to home, the stark differences between technology at home and work become visible.
Though remote employees may have workstations with respectable levels of technology, they may be insufficient for the assignments they get. Therefore, companies can help their remote employees by providing them with the required equipment for their workstations. The company could either provide a stipend or allowance to buy the equipment or loan the equipment directly to the remote employee. In addition, companies should add new connectivity-oriented equipment to their arsenal to ensure maximum productivity from remote employees.
Health and Wellness Benefits
Remote working brings with it new sets of health challenges. Companies could help their remote employees with health benefits apart from a message or letter expressing their support for the aggrieved employee. Company investments in health and wellness apps go a long way in maintaining remote employees’ physical and mental health. Remote working burnout could be prevented through counseling sessions and mental resources. Remote employees should be provided with reasonable paid-time-off benefits to rejuvenate their physical and mental health without losing a part of their salary.
Remote workers often don the hat of teachers for their children, which significantly impacts the time available for work. Companies can offer benefits like childcare allowance and enrolling employees’ children for online activities to engage the children while the parents can work.