Trusting your remote workers
Many workers are saying they feel more trusted and that employers have done well in transitioning people to working from home over the past month. Unfortunately, almost half of workers expect a return to more limited or restricted working policies once the coronavirus lockdown ends.
People analytics company Visier commissioned some research, conducted by Censuswide, who polled 1,000 UK workers who are currently working from home – but previously didn’t or couldn’t.
We should certainly celebrate the swiftness with which businesses have implemented remote-working changes. But now that COVID-19 has ‘forced’ the biggest home working experiment of all time, what will companies do once we settle back down into ‘normality’?
Jan Schwarz, co-founder of Visier, rightly stated that:
“The worst thing companies can do is ignore what they have learned about their workforce and how they like to operate. Companies who have resisted the new world of work until now have had their worlds turned upside down, but there is a real opportunity for HR leaders to help them continue their digital transformation.”
But now we are being forcibly accelerated along the future of work journey, let’s try not to forget that everyone is unique – just because we’ve demonstrated the ability to work from home, should we be forced to?
The key subtlety here is the element of trust.
Trust your people to know what environment they flourish in. Give them permission to work from home, or an office, or wherever enables them to deliver the greatest quality output.
Here at Blue Sky, we’re running a webinar series that is focused on leading through the challenges COVID-19 has presented. Tomorrow, at 12.30, we focus on ‘inspiring from a distance’, and will be discussing the topic of trust in more detail.
If you would like to join us tomorrow and haven’t signed up yet, simply click here.
We’re looking forward to seeing you there.