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Clear Goals Help Remote Workers
By: Tony Kerekes
An interesting survey of knowledge workers by Slack shows almost 1/3 of 2020’s newly remote workers indicate that working from home has negatively affected their productivity, compared to 13% of “experienced remote workers”. Keep in mind the simultaneous disruption in their lives, safety and schools. A majority (60%) of veteran (pre-COVID) remote workers find working from home to be more productive.
How can remote work be improved? The survey suggests:
Technology solutions – linked with policies and practices that support remote work.
Autonomy – 86% of those who prefer working from home over the office, say they have “a great deal of autonomy”.
Trust – in management and colleagues.
Clearly defined team goals and individual contribution. Nearly one-third who feel committed to their team goals prefer working from home over the office.
Company’s strategy – Remote workers who understand how their work contributes to their company’s strategy and mission prefer working from home at nearly twice the rate of those who don’t.
A remote work plan – to describe the arrangement and offer clarity.