As millennial workers enter the workplace,we have seen a shift in office life from more workers wanting to climb the ladder quickly to a quirky design equipped with beanbags and ping-pong table. One of the main areas that is rapidly increasing in importance is that of the working hours, gone are the 9-5 shifts this new generation want flexibility that leaves time for a good work-life balance.
Some say they want it all, whereas others believe it’s the way forward so we can all live our best life!
Either way this relatively new way of working does effect traditional office structures and the way businesses are ran. In this post, we are going to highlight some of these issues and provide some possible solutions that may work for you.
When new employees enter the business it can take them a while to understand your processes and learn about company policies and this is still true for remote workers. Although, away from the premises your company values still need to be at the heart of their work, below are a few ways you can ensure a clear message is communicated to all employees:
Create a fool proof manual that is housed on a shared drive for all to access;
Develop training videos for any processes that need guidance – ensure contact details for relevant staff are provided in case more help is needed;
If it is possible have them come into the office for a two day training session;
Work with professional channel such as Google Hangouts or Skype so that communication is still possible.
Existing employees may also require training and this can be done simply using eLearning systems through business such as EssentialSkillz.com. These courses allow learners to work in their own time, suiting their needs perfectly.
If employees are away from the office, it can be hard to assign tasks, understand workloads, and ensure tasks are being completed. But, there are ways to monitor this, using software that can be accessed by the required people such as Pivotal which allows you to assign and complete tasks within a certain time frame.
Even when working away from the office, employees still want to progress and be rewarded for good work, therefore regular reviews should be conducted. These should include an employee progress report, SMART targets, and acknowledgment of strengths.
When setting rewards there are plenty of employee reward schemes that businesses can make use of these may offer things like; discount vouchers, salary schemes, and health benefits. Alternatively, rewards can be as simple as extra holidays, bonuses, or free meals to finish off a busy year or quarter.If your business is looking to move into the millennial mind-set then we hope this has helped or at least provided you with some good starting points to provide a happy working environment. Got tips of your own? Then get sharing using the #ManageRemote