according to research from Stanford University (2015) which found that mobile and remote workers are 13% more productive than office-based counterparts. As well as those that work remotely on a permanent basis, many office-based staff regularly travel to and from different locations as part of their core role, meaning that in some cases, large proportions of company employees are spending increased time working away from the physical setting of a business. However, despite the perceived benefits of remote working, increased working hours, isolation from peers and unproductive working conditions can all cause increased stress and reduce efficiency. For mobile workers particularly, lengthy travel time can take its toll on concentration levels, especially if this involves going overseas.It is therefore important that employers make suitable adjustments to working relationships to ensure wellbeing and productivity levels are properly maintained.As more employees become less office based, it is important that employers make adjustments to ensure continued wellbeing and productivity of mobile workers, says Nigel Crunden, business specialist at office supply firm Office Depot. The UK already has a strong mobile workforce, but it’s still growing. Many firms requiring proactive, self-managing employees to work remotely or between locations can enjoy a clear return on investment because of the increased productivity levels that this flexibility encourages. This is
Five key tips for managing mobile workers
- Involve the mobile workforce in regular meetings and catch ups.
- Monitor to ensure mobile and remote workers take regular breaks.
- Provide touchdown office space to reinforce team cohesion and involvement.
- Motivate mobile staff through regular feedback, recognition and open, honest communication.
- Address the risk of isolation by ensuring mobile workers get regular training and opportunities to socialise with other employees.