The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way America works. Companies that never would have dreamed of making remote work part of their model are changing their tune. In June of 2020, over 40% of workers were working remotely, and many have continued since then. Working remotely has its pros and cons, especially for companies new to the practice. At Edgewater CPA, we get it – and we’re happy to provide tools, like payroll management, that will make your life easier as a manager. What’s more, here are a few tips on managing your newly remote workforce.
1. Set Expectations, but Maintain Flexibility
When many of us began to work from home back in the spring, it took a while to get into a good rhythm. That’s why it’s important to be flexible with your workforce. At the same time, make sure you’re communicating expectations and structure. Communicate, and then model, expectations for availability and access. If you tell your employees not to answer emails or texts after hours, but you’re the one responding at 9:00 PM, it can send the wrong message.
2. Communicate, Communicate, Communicate
It’s crucial that managers communicate with their remote staff, because it keeps workers apprised of deadlines, available resources, work-related challenges, and managers’ expectations, including work schedules. Think about the best tools for the job. For example, if you’ve never implemented a chat program, now might be a great time to do so.
3. Adapt Your Meetings
You may find your once-a-week team meeting is not sufficient with a remote workforce. Instead, you might want to have short virtual huddles more frequently. These regular check-ins will help your team feel more connected to each other.
4. Find New Ways to Celebrate
It might not be feasible, or advisable, to celebrate in the ways you’re used to after a big project has been completed. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore major milestones. Get creative, and refocus on the reason you’re celebrating. It’s all about recognizing your employees for their hard work and dedication. Public words of affirmation or gift cards can go a long way.
5. Choose Edgewater CPA for Payroll Help
As a business owner, you need support in managing essential operations of your company, such as payroll services. At Edgewater, our certified public accountants handle all the details involved with payroll accounting. We ensure your people are paid accurately, in a timely manner, and with the best customer service. If any employee payroll issue comes up, we take care of it quickly and effectively. Call Edgewater today at (888) 317-4835 to schedule your consultation for our small business payroll services. We have offices in Carmel and Evansville, Indiana, and serve clients throughout the U.S.