6 tips for decentralised work with employees in the home office or in the field
Companies in Europe and around the world are facing major challenges due to the measures taken to contain the Corona virus pandemic, which forced many companies to close their doors. When employees are forced to work from home, organisations need to figure out how to stay engaged and functional in a fully digital mode. This applies not only to the current crisis, but also to companies that are increasingly switching to decentralised work and mobile workforces in the face of digitisation.
Together with our client and Talent Management expert SumTotal we have summarised 6 recommendations for team leaders and workforce managers who are faced with this situation.
Compared to Europe as a whole, Germany and the wider DACH region have been on the fence for some time when it comes to remote working. According to the Federal Statistical Office[i], only around 11 percent of the German workforce works from home regularly or sometimes. In the Netherlands and Norway, on the other hand, this applies to almost 40 percent. In the UK 25 in in Austria 22 and in France over 20 percent work regularly or sometimes from home. Due to the current social distancing measures in the fight against Covid-19, these numbers are rising rapidly. According to a recent survey by the digital association Bitkom, one in two German professional (49 percent) currently work entirely or at least partially in their home office[ii]. While many companies have already laid the foundations for digital remote working through advancing digitalisation and new work models, this is a completely new situation for other companies. There are some employees who are only now experiencing working at home for the first time, after more than 30 years of their working life. It is especially important for companies and managers who have suddenly had to change their teams and employees to a completely new way of working, to take the following recommendations into consideration.