Now that many of your employees are working remotely or from home, you may wonder how you’re going to make sure they’re staying on task. How will they clock in and out for their workday, or how will task progress be monitored?
Here are several ways you can keep your employees on target when you’re paying for their time.
Each task you assign to an employee should have a reasonable deadline. Get in the habit of letting employees know when you expect work to be completed, and be sure to follow up on the due dates. If employees are consistently letting deadlines slip by, it could be a sign that they're not spending their time working from home actually working.
Times are tough though, so give employees who communicate with you about genuinely difficult circumstances some slack if you can.
Your employees should understand the workflow of the company's projects and where they fit in. Create a transparent workflow so everyone understands how and when work should be changing hands. It’s important that they have visibility into what steps are necessary to ensure work is completed and delivered on time.
Your team should be able to log into your project management software or an Excel dashboard and see their current and upcoming tasks, as well as where other tasks that they may need to be working on are within the team.
It can be challenging for remote workers to be productive when they're at home and possibly without a dedicated office space. While you can't build a home office for every employee, you can help make your team feel more cohesive by having regularly scheduled team meetings.
Team meetings help improve accountability between employees and employers and can help employees stay inspired to maintain productivity. Make sure your employees have access to remote meetings and then make them mandatory to attend.
Productivity doesn't come naturally to all people and is often something that must be learned. Productivity skills, like any other, require development. Ensure that your team members have access to quality training programs that teach them how to minimize distractions, prioritize their workload, and stay on task.
Give them the tools they need to put what they've learned into action, such as project management software, time tracking software, and other applications that can help employees make consistent use of productivity tips they begin to retain.
There are many remote time tracking applications available that can help you monitor your employees. Each team member logs into the application when they "clock in" and depending on the program, screenshots or video is recorded while the employee works.
When they are ready to "clock out," they simply log out of the program. We like DeskTime for its productivity analytics capabilities, and Hours for its simplicity. Time Doctor is a great option for companies that want to integrate payroll with time tracking.
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