More and more companies have employees that work remotely and technology has made it easier than ever to work from anywhere. Yet, teams still work better when they can easily collaborate and share ideas. The challenge is how to have both—employees that work remotely but still work closely with each other.
The same values apply whether the employees are remote or not: communication, trust and accountability. The key is to use technology to achieve these values while still making sure there is human interaction. It is important to employ multiple methods of communication and to communicate often. Set up regular calls and meetings via conference calls and teleconferencing but also have instant messaging and texting available for casual interaction between the team members. Meeting timelines is important, but so is sharing pictures from a vacation or a child’s graduation.
Working remotely for many individuals is one of the most important factors in deciding on a new job. It is the responsibility of the employer and managers to understand this and establish both technology and communication skills to make the relationship with remote employees work for everyone.
Cheryl Cowherd, senior underwriting counsel for Agents National Title Insurance Co., will talk more in depth on this topic during the session “Remote in Location Only“ at ALTA ONE. Click here to register for ALTA ONE.