Creating a roadmap and strategy to manage your remote workforce is important for the company to keep its goals in sight.
Virtual teams are the backbone of the global economy today. According to research done by Global Workplace Analytics, about 20–25 percent of the workforce works remotely at some point in time. Organisations have realised that the physical presence of the employee is not so critical, the performance is. In addition to that, a remote workforce has some distinct financial advantages that can keep the bottom-line of the organisation intact in the volatile business environment of today. But alongside, we need to also be prepared about how the workforce needs to be managed in a way that it remains productive, engaged and committed.
We need to be aware of the aspirations, expectations, skills and attributes that are unique to this section of talent, because it is unique to them. Therefore, creating a roadmap and strategy for this segment is essential in current times. There are plenty of case studies of how organisations have built an overall approach for remote workforce management.
Here are some practical ways in which we can manage a remote workforce efficiently.
So as we develop a plan to manage remote workforce, here is a snapshot of what the pros and cons of such a talent pool are. This will enable organisations to work on plans that are incorporating these factors. For example, the rewards of a virtual team are a combination of financial gains for the company through cost savings, but also a feasible option for employees because it offers flexibility and freedom to operate where they want to. Challenges are also present for both sets, but they are likely to be more for organisations.
In the event that the remote workforce consists of a large set of freelance workers/temporary contractors, the management of those will need yet another comprehensive plan because their motivations are different. However, virtual workforces are the way forward even in regular and permanent roles. So having clearly defined strategies is what will help organisations retain such a workforce.
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