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How Remote Work Has Changed The Relationship Between Employee And Employer

Since the outbreak of the pandemic in 2019, the way we do business has changed. Whilst, in the past, the image of remote workers may have been a person dressed in loungewear, spread out on the sofa with a laptop, nowadays it is almost the opposite. The idea of home working has changed from a one-off luxury, to an acceptable and necessary way of conducting your business.

Despite things getting back to normal post-pandemic, it does not look like this will be about to change. There is, after all, not much of a difference between working in an office and working in the second bedroom of your apartment. You are doing the same thing, just in a different, more familiar space.

So Has Anything Really Changed?

On the surface, employees can perform the same office tasks at home, but there are a few fundamental changes that employers need to be aware of. Not least the fact that you are no longer directly managing and organising your team. With employees disconnected from a work hub, there is a greater chance of miscommunication, disorganization and ultimately low engagement from members of the team. This will be a direct result of the new relationship between employee and employer.

So What Is This New Relationship?

If your team is remote working, then you need to have some tactics in place to keep your company running smoothly and effectively. To do this, you need to be in regular communication with employers, providing them with guidelines of expected achievements. The online space is very important in this respect. Finding a teamwork app where everyone can communicate efficiently is heavily advised, and refraining from simply messaging is also important. One of the things that has changed in the relationship between employee and employer is that you are no longer directly involved with them. In order for them to remain productive and engaged, you must schedule weekly, if not daily, meetings where you can walk through these guidelines, set targets and also talk about what they may or may not be struggling with.

Can The Relationship Between Employee And Employer Still Be Effective?

Of course it can. Just because you are not going into the office every day, it doesn’t mean you can’t keep your employees motivated and productive. In many ways, being online should ensure you are more regularly and easily accessible than before. Use the new way of working as a positive. Make sure that you are constantly available and build on connectivity.

The approach toward and understanding of employee engagement, in general, has undergone a bit shift in recent times. Taking a more holistic and proactive role in inspiring engagement has become popular, rather than simply expecting it as a prerequisite or through salary. As such, an employee engagement programme can help you effectively reward and recognise their productivity, for instance, as they can be nominated via a numerical achievement or by their colleagues – both performance-based data and more ‘human’ touches.

Of course, the relationship between employee and employer has changed, but so has the landscape of business. Good companies learn to adapt and survive and so it is important for you and your employees to do the same. Use the change as an advantage and take it in your stride. That way, your company will continue to flourish and succeed.