What Every Remote Worker Wants for Better Productivity: Today’s Top 5 Wishes

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Remote work has grown to have a well-founded place in the modern job markets. And it’s easy to see why: While many in-house workers are constrained to company timetables and the commuting routine, remote workers are key steps ahead with more time and less commuting stress. Also, surveys have barely said the worst of it in terms of remote worker productivity stats.

Despite the bright sphere in view, the narrative isn’t the same for everyone.

A recent survey by Software Advice found that communication and collaboration are the top challenges for remote workers. The survey found that 25% of remote workers struggle to communicate effectively with their colleagues, leading to a lack of clarity and direction.

Therefore, to maximize productivity while working remotely, organizations need to prioritize the needs of remote workers. This includes providing a bandwidth of solutions that cut across workspace policies, configurations, and tools. Regarding such, here is what every company needs to know.

1. A Healthy Work Environment

Remote workers can be everything you need them to be when the work environment feels right. Often, it lies on your navigating the productivity of your remote workers with a great social space and work policies that rather feel well-designed to suit their needs than to instrumentalize them. Essentially, subtle autocracy through policies that subject workers to nearly all-around micro-management is far from ideal. Neither does a culture that promotes social stratification within the company. It takes everything around empathy, reasonable flexibility, and a sense of unity to drive belonging rather than burnout. Workers are emotionally driven and can be lukewarm too when not delicately managed: It’s worth considering when striving to harness improved job satisfaction to drive productivity.

2. Well-Structured Cybersecurity

Remote work could be so much of a success gamble without upped security. The consistent emergence of modern security models with more robust layers is one thing the corporate world banks on to stand the surging cyberattacks. Today, Zero-Trust and multi-factor authentication are leveraging factors being utilized in the cybersecurity scope. And below is why:

Zero-Trust is an emerging data security model that requires all users to be authenticated before they can access a company’s resources. This means that even if a user is inside the company’s network, they are still directed to go through the authentication process to access resources. This approach ensures that only authorized users can access sensitive data and significantly reduces the risk of cyberattacks.

Multi-factor authentication is an essential security process that requires users to provide more than one form of authentication before they can access resources. For instance, users may be required to provide a password and a fingerprint scan, verification code, or an answer to a secret question on their mobile device. This additional layer of security makes it much more challenging for cybercriminals to gain access to important data.

But while these data security measures scale protection, they sometimes slow productivity by impeding the easy access to corporate resources which remote workers need to perform at best. However, in such a case, automation is the answer.

Access automation tools are designed to streamline user access. These tools automate the process of granting and revoking user access based on predefined policies, making it easier to manage user access and reducing the risk of human error.

Providing remote workers with training on cybersecurity best practices also helps to align cybersecurity and productivity. This can include educating them on how to identify phishing emails, how to create strong passwords, and how to secure their devices. By providing remote workers with the necessary tools and training, organizations can significantly reduce the risk of cyber-attacks and keep their data safe.

3. The Right Virtual Teamwork Tools

Remote workers need to have the necessary virtual teamwork tools that facilitate communication and keeps them connected with their colleagues. Video conferencing tools like Zoom and Skype are essential

for virtual meetings, and messaging tools like Slack and Microsoft Teams are ideal for quick communication. Remote workers also need to have access to project management tools like Trello and Asana, which help to organize tasks and keep everyone on the same page.

Furthermore, remote workers need to have access to collaboration tools that enable them to work together on projects and share ideas in real-time. This includes tools like Google Docs, which allows for real-time collaboration on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

Cloud-based file storage and sharing services like Dropbox and OneDrive are also essential for remote workers to access their files from anywhere and collaborate with their team on shared documents. With the proper tools and infrastructure in place, remote workers can collaborate effectively with their team, access the resources they need, and stay connected with their colleagues, even when working from different locations.

4. A Good Pay

Great income isn’t necessarily everything, but it plays a core part in deciding who takes the job and who leaves. Quality must be paid for – that is job market protocol. Also, “salary” or “wage” may not be the only words to get it across. A good company insurance policy and paid vacations are financially related incentives that can get you and the possibly best remote workers on the same page.

5. A Scalable Career

Remote workers anticipate new possibilities for career advancement, along with the opportunity to assume additional responsibilities. This can include attending industry conferences, taking online courses, or participating in leadership training. Creating incentives that give remote workers something on a higher or broader scale to expect in their corporate journey is one way to drive their will.

Bottom Line

Your remote workers are as good as you tweak their productivity levels. Although their good working skills significantly matter, it’s yours to decide how happy they are to be engaged and how much they are willing to give to transcend your company to the level you need it to be.

What’s more, recruiting can be a rollercoaster when there are no properly negotiated terms in play. It’s simpler when remote workers are walked into the right corporate perspective without words – just the right actions and policies. So, if you’d been wondering, now might be right for a change in how you work with your remote team to get on the same page.

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