Working from home can be a liberating experience for employees, and a cost-cutting move for any organization - the trend has not taken off the way many had predicted. Large organizations such as IBM have even been pulling their workforce away from their homes and back into the office in recent years.
The main reason for this pullback is management’s fear that employees working from a distance will lack the motivation and productivity needed to be an effective salesforce or productive team. With management and productivity suites available to businesses of all sizes, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t reap the benefits of remote workers and simultaneously empower your employees by letting them work from home.
The Traditional Office Setting Can Be Demotivational and Affect Productivity
Having trust in your employees to work productively on their own time and in an environment they prefer to the office is important. Allowing employees to work from their own home office lets them create their own schedule (where permitted), work from a place they are more comfortable in, and reduces their stress levels by cutting out lengthy commute times, expensive lunches, and all the other time and cost expenses that come from working in a traditional office environment. Trust from management will result in employees feeling empowered, increasing the quality of their work and overall productivity.
There is also evidence that open-plan offices - the norm for offices now - are highly distracting and reduce productivity by infringing on a worker’s “psychological privacy”. This privacy is necessary for a worker to have focus. Noise, chat from the next cubicles, and other employees that are disruptive can all add up to a big waste of your employee’s time.
Other benefits of allowing your employees the chance to work from home including cost savings in a variety of ways - less occupied office space saves on rent and utilities, and healthier and happier employees means less sick days and more room for productivity. Happier employees who work from home can better balance their work and home lives, increasing their level of engagement and satisfaction. From a mental health perspective, you reduce the risk of losing production due to anxiety or depression, as an employee who may have these issues will be more comfortable working from home in most cases.
Increase the Trust Factor with Prodoscore
In the digital age, being connected to and trusting your employees has never been easier. Management can ease their fears through the use of productivity scoring platform like Prodoscore, which assigns all employees with a “productivity score” based on the time spent in productivity suites like G Suite, on their VoIP phone system, and in their Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution.
With this assigned productivity score, management will have a better idea of how employees are spending their time, if there are areas that require improvement, and allows them to address potential bottlenecks before they arise. With Prodoscore, management will be able to sleep soundly knowing their employees are making the most of their time at home.
A Connected Workplace - No Matter Where You Are
Another thing that employers fear when considering a remote sales team is the lack of connectivity between themselves and their employees. With fully integrated productivity suites like Google’s powerful G Suite, those fears can be put to bed. G Suite keeps employees connected through a series of apps including Docs, Sheets, Drive, Calendar, Hangouts, and Gmail, where they will be able to work with each other in real time, leave comments, send emails, and even hold meetings through video or voice chat features. No matter where your employees are working from or what device they’re most comfortable using, your workforce will be able to work on a wide variety of projects, communicate, and plan for the future with G Suite.
The benefits of a remote workplace far outweigh the disadvantages - with platforms like Prodoscore and G Suite, assessing employee productivity and ensuring a unified workplace has never been easier. In fact, you may have more insight into their activities than you did when they were working in a traditional office setting. Giving your employees the freedom to work from home doesn’t have to be something management is afraid of - allowing them to work remotely can empower your employees and make them more effective and productive than ever before. For more information on how to get the most out of your remote sales team, contact UpCurve Cloud today.