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There are so many workplace technologies available now that make a brick and mortar office obsolete.
With the reach of high-speed internet all over the globe, you are no longer restricted to needing to have all of your employees in one place.
Though it is not without challenges, a remote-only office for your startup is often the best way to get started.
In this article, we will go over some tips to making the leap to a remote office that is streamlined and effective.
Onboarding new employees
Having good staff is always important, but when they are autonomous it is vital that you hire the right people.
Make sure when you are interviewing that they are quick to respond to emails and messages. If they have trouble keeping their time zones straight then this does not bode well for later.
Use software to make the documents for hiring much easier to handle and always use a virtual signature platform for signing non-disclosure agreements and other legally binding documents.
Set up the right structure
Employees need structure and visibility to perform at their peak. Make sure to set up an office structure that needs to be adhered to. Quickbooks time tracker software is a good way to make sure that your employees are focused and working efficiently when they don’t have a manager checking in on them.
There should be measures of productivity for both your manager and your remote staff. Workers may not realize that they are falling behind since there is no office where they can chat with other employees.
Use technology to your advantage
You’re saving money on rent and leases, so use those savings for software and applications that help your employees do their work. There is an app for pretty much anything these days. In fact, you can run your entire business with a smartphone if you so choose.
Shop around to find the right apps and software that will help your employees do their job. Whether it is the previously mentioned time tracker or a premium designer software for the creative staff.
Stay in communication
Don’t let your employees feel like they are alone in the wilderness. Set up video calls to keep everybody in contact. They will feel like part of a team and it will keep everybody on the same page when it comes to the direction of the company.
Provide upward mobility
Make sure that you have a clear hierarchy in your company. People should see a clear chain of command. This is not so they know their place, but so they have something to shoot for.
One thing about remote workers is that they tend to come and go quickly. When somebody leaves a post, it should be easy to fill that position from within the company.
A raise for the work they’ve done is great, but many people will feel more loyal to a company that has upward mobility as an option.