It’s no secret that many people seeking new employment are turning to remote positions. In fact, one study found that 56 percent of companies allow remote work, and around the world, 16 percent are fully remote. Flexibility is one of the main attractions to remote positions. However, as a manager, should you establish a set schedule for your employees to maintain deadlines, ensure productivity, etc.? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of requiring a consistent schedule for your remote team members.
At HiringThing, we believe our employees should be allotted workplace flexibility and the freedom to create their own schedules in which they would be the most productive. However, we do recognize that many employers may be required to track employee hours. The pros to tracking employees time worked could be for billable client hours for a particular project or as way to be more metrics driven on internal initiatives.
If your organization does allow workplace flexibility like ours, it’s important to remember that strong communication is vital for a remote team. Utilize collaboration tools such as Slack or Google Meet, to keep the lines of communication open between you and your employees.
Studies show that flexible schedules make employees both happier and more productive. According to a nationwide survey, 65 percent of remote workers said that remote work would give their productivity a boost. Another 86 percent said that working alone allows them to hit maximum productivity. These flexible schedules also create a strong home/life balance, as mornings are free to run errands or afternoons are free to pick up children from school and assist with homework.
What You Can Do
While tracking employee time has its pros, flexibility is what attracts many employees to remote work. Studies show this flexibility improves their happiness and overall wellbeing. However, it does not work for every company and department. Some tasks may need to be completed during normal business hours, such as working with customers. To help you determine the best situation for your company, consider the following options:
- Allow employees to set their own hours but ask them to give you their work schedules at the beginning of each week.
- Allow custom work hours but require employees to attend meetings and training sessions regardless of the time.
- Set deadlines for completion of work rather than require certain hours. This will allow your employees to work on their own time but will ensure all work is completed when you need it.
- Utilize time tracking software or other collaboration applications to ensure employees work throughout the week.
While there are many pros and cons to a strict work schedule, remember that each company differs and what will work for one may not work for another. Carefully weigh the options to help your company and team thrive.
In addition, each individual works better and is more productive at a particular time of day. Whether this time is early in the morning or late at night, employees thrive in their peak hours.
Author: Alisiana Peters
Alisiana is a senior marketing coordinator at HiringThing, an award-winning online recruiting software provider dedicated to changing the way businesses hire talent. Questions? Contact HiringThing Marketing.