One of the major concerns of not having your employees in the office is accountability over how productive they are being and if they are working enough. It boils down to putting the trust in your employees to get the work done, which is difficult to come by.
But, the major part of this argument stems from the time management worries that most micromanagers employ. One counter-argument to this worry often is a simple child’s play – just because they can’t see them working, doesn’t mean that they aren’t working.
We often focus on how many hours is someone working rather than how much work they get done. Working remotely removes the need of having to fill in the hours down to the T. Yes, employees will still be working 9-hour shifts if you want to, but they will get to do it in their own time or if the time works the same for everyone, then they get to do it in their own comfort.
Getting a better working environment has said to help increase productivity. With remote working, people have a choice to mold their surroundings into what will inspire the most. When the question of productivity arises, most people start getting all worked up.
Employers want the most productivity out of the employees’ time they are paying for. When it is productivity that is being questioned, no organization is ever going to say anything to the contrary, even if they were ready for the switch.
Startup and remote culture has shown that spending more time on something doesn’t mean that you are going to be more productive. No, letting people work in their element gets them more productive.
Another reason people hesitate is accountability. With no one to look over their shoulders, will the employees get the work done, is what is often asked. But, the point is, even though there isn’t someone looking over their shoulder, they are still accountable. They have to answer to whoever they report to if their work isn’t done or is sloppy.
Many remote workers and freelancers have attested to the fact that they work twice as hard because they do not want to come across as not working. They have their own set of insecurities to deal with. In-office, it is easier to know how much they work compared to others, but when you are on your own it becomes difficult. And this leads to employees working more.
Embrace the full empowering potential of today’s technology to make your workplace as flexible for the employees as you can. When you give them a choice between working from the office or home or hire remote workers, you really inculcate an open, innovative and flexible work culture within your organization, which leads to success.