Now more than ever, it is necessary for companies to re-look remote work as an employment option as continuing lockdowns have shown that this may be a feasible approach. In South Africa, over 40% of employees expressed interest in working from home, and 38% of businesses reported that they would be allowing remote work to continue even after lockdowns have ended.
While businesses have remained relatively optimistic about remote working, many got off to a rocky start. The implementation of remote working, the infrastructure, processes and procedures needed to make it work, was rushed. Businesses did not have time to plan appropriately.
Our two workshops address these issues.
In Managing Remote Teams, we look at the business aspects of including remote working as an option, such as remote working strategies, HR policies and procedures, IT, performance management and more. In Onboarding Remote Teams, we look at the practicalities of setting up a remote workspace, from the employee’s perspective, daily considerations for working remotely, and managing motivation in self and others.
Even if an organization has already implemented remote work, there is ample to learn and the course is expertly led by facilitators with a long history of remote work as employees and contractors, both in the employee and manager roles.
The two sets of training speak to each other. Therefore managers who complete the Managing Remote Teams also complete the Onboarding Remote Employees training with their team members to ensure consistency and transparency of expectations. This approach also leads to very fruitful discussions which customize the implementation to meet the needs of individual teams.