If you are a business owner or CEO, you are no doubt familiar with the ever-changing workforce – not only in Tennessee but across the nation. Today’s employees are accustomed to flexible work environments, and as a long, as they get the work done, more and more companies are accommodating them. Nowhere is this trend more evident than in the increased percentage of remote and hybrid employees.

The pandemic, along with the millennial generation, changed the landscape of the workforce at a disproportionately higher rate causing this trend to grow at a high rate. Companies who want to attract and retain top talent will need to keep up with the changes, or they will get left behind.

But how do you manage remote employees while meeting the needs of your clients and growing your business? Below are a few strategies to help your company – and your employees – be successful.

Strategies to Manage Remote Employees

1. Find the right fit. 

While most employees may need to work remotely at one time or another, not everyone is suited for the role, at least on a regular basis. When you are interviewing, ask questions that uncover the candidate’s work ethic, style, and goals. If the candidate asks for a remote option on the front end, be sure they are up to the task. Investing more time to place a better match on the front end will save you time in the long run.

2. Hold employees accountable for their work, rather than for punching a clock.

Let your employees know what is expected of them and hold them accountable for completing projects up to standard and on time. While coming into the office late doesn’t warrant a performance discussion, missing a deadline does. Provide ongoing coaching and feedback to make sure your employees stay on task.

3. Provide tools for success.

If your company has even one employee who works remotely, providing the technology to do the job is a must. Running into a technical issue while trying to accomplish a task is frustrating for your employee and costly for your business. If you have inconsistent or unreliable systems, upgrade your technology. Investing now will save you money later.

4. Make sure your employees feel connected.

If you have multiple employees who work remotely, you may have already noticed there are few days when everyone is in the office. Schedule team meetings when all your employees are onsite and plan regular face-to-face check-ins with each staff member. Teambuilding outings, lunches, and other group activities go a long way towards building camaraderie. While your employees will appreciate being able to work remotely, there is no substitute for in-person connections.

While you may be considering the pros and cons of a remote workforce, chances are that sooner or later you’ll need to offer a work remote option to stay competitive in recruiting and keeping top talent at your organization.

Sherrie Whatton is President/CEO, LBMC Staffing Solutions, a division of LBMC, a premier Tennessee-based professional services firm. She can be contacted at swhatton@lbmc.com or 615-309-2428.

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