What are the biggest issues when companies try remote work?

Question: What are the biggest issues when companies try remote work? Read answers from remote workers to learn.

Interview with Shauna, founder and business consultant specializing in remote work

A lot of companies fail to establish a strategy that's going to help them facilitate the creation and growth of their remote teams. Without a clear plan and processes in place, all types of issues can arise: poor performance, engagement, and communication problems, to name a few.

In a business, employees really are your main stakeholder, they'll be the ones that will keep your customers happy and generate new business.

They'll be buying into and executing the vision of the company, so it's vital to ensure they're looked after—even more so when they are remote.

From a leadership perspective, it's common for remote managers to find it difficult to manage remote teams compared to teams in an office environment. Leading groups and people remotely is very different in that you have to create relationships, build trust and create a transparent and supportive environment for everyone to thrive—all over a computer screen.

Throw in multiple time zones and cultures, and that can add an extra layer of complexity. I work with leaders to make this process more simplistic and focus on critical areas of development that not only will help them right now but as their workforce and teams grow.

Shauna is a consultant that guides companies in thriving while remote—see her advice for staying grounded as a remote worker.

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Interview with Digital Nomad Sage, an entrepreneur and UX consultant

I think one of the biggest issues when companies try remote work is finding the best remote talent. When I created an online business back in 2017 (that failed) I had to outsource things that I didn’t know how to do at the time. One of them was SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

I hired an SEO worker to work on my website, and while initially, they seemed to work hard…after one week they made excuses and didn’t work at all. The money that I paid was pretty big money in their country, so I was shocked at how they could not take things seriously.

The approach that I should have taken was to pay via performance only after the work was done. It was a tough lesson in that you can’t be too nice because it’s easy for people to take advantage of you.

When companies hire remote workers, they really have to vet the person that they hire and ensure that they are competent and a team player.

From e-books to blogging, Digital Nomad Sage has become an expert on making money online—see his advice for developing an online business.

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Interview with Haley, a VP of Operations shares her stellar remote work strategies

FYI ran a remote work report and found that the biggest issues are communication and loneliness. I’d also say that self-awareness creates a lot of issues with remote work.

You have to self manage without someone else watching over your shoulder. It takes longer to see issues than in an office environment, so you have to see them yourself and ask for help early.

Haley has figured out the way she works best as a VP of Operations. See her principles of remote work and the unique advice a former boss gave her about breaks.

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Interview with Melissa, a co-founder and remote work champion

This one's easy for me to answer because it always, always, always starts at the top.

If the leadership team doesn't embrace a remote workforce, then it will fail.

We offer specific training for executives to help them get more comfortable with the new ways of working.

We provide relatable case studies and business cases to show how productivity can increase, and you are actually spending less money due to increased employee retention.

Not surprisingly, this area of our business has received the least traction. However, we think it's because it remains the top barrier and a bit taboo. If this sounds familiar and you'd like us to help your leadership team shift their mindset, please reach out. (We won't tell!!)

Melissa started Work Well Wherever to help individuals & companies embrace remote work—see how she balances entrepreneurship, parenthood, & self-care.

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Interview with Tara, a remote director of research and administration

As with a lot of areas in life, communication is key. If communication is spotty, then it’s easier for things to go sideways. But if everyone is on the same page and we know who is responsible for what, we can do great things.

A move to be closer to a spouse's job led Tara to remote work—see her tips for staying productive and organized as a full-time remote director.

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