With nearly 33% of new hires looking for a new job within just six months, it’s becoming more and more clear that we have to start embracing alternative work models, not the least of which is working remotely. According to Bentley University, 77% of those surveyed felt that flexible work hours would result in a higher level of productivity and millennials overwhelming list flexible hours as one of their top considerations when accepting a job offer.
The world is changing and as we change with it, we need to focus on ways to embrace this new workforce and create teams to be reckoned with. To do this will require a couple of investments, though.
Invest in Your Employees
The first step in leveraging technology to build your team is ensuring your employees have access to continuing education and development. In a recent study by The Hartford, 50% of millennials indicated that their employer could best demonstrate their investment in their employees’ futures by providing training and development. When you invest in your team’s future, you build loyalty and instill a sense of belonging.
This is especially important when it comes to remote employees, who are most prone to feeling isolated, undervalued, or detached from the organization. Take advantage of every opportunity to teach your employees new technology and use new technology to teach your employees!
So when Suzy The Systems Allstar comes to you wanting to learn how to code, go ahead and make that investment, send her to the best coding bootcamp you can find. When Dylan the Dynamic Salesman wants to sharpen his sales skills, invest in those online courses and give him the time to take full advantage of what he’s learning.
Invest in the Technology
Nothing is as frustrating as trying to do a job without the right tools! Imagine how amplified this frustration is when you are isolated from your peers! Millennials have grown up around technology, adapting to it and growing with it. Today’s workforce expects technology to play a leading role in their workplace and they expect it to keep up with the pace of change.
Your remote team needs the right technology to not only carry out their job duties but to communicate and build virtual camaraderie. Programs such as Google Hangouts, Slack, and Screenhero are excellent platforms for encouraging collaboration, communication, and building personal relationships amongst team members who do not necessarily ever see each other in person.
In addition to investing in great programs, don’t forget about the hardware- video equipment, properly equipped processors, etc. Give your team everything they need to be the best and you’ll see a significant return on your investment!
Investing in your remote team will make your company competitive in an ever evolving job market by building loyalty and satisfaction into your alternative work model. When you invest strategically and take advantage of the technologies available to you, you’ll find that attracting top talent to your remote team is easier than you think.