Working remotely has been common for a while now, but since the pandemic the number of remote workers has exploded due to regulations and contact restrictions. Even though the pandemic situation has calmed down, many people still prefer the option to work from home. By 2025, remote work is expected to increase by 87% which comes with new logistical, structural, and legal challenges. The following blog is about the things to consider as an employer in the remote work environment and how a remote work policy can help you overcome mentioned challenges.
Building a Remote Work Policy
1) What information to include
First of all, it is important to state who is permitted to work from home and how often and consider which positions are in-office only. Another essential part of building a remote work policy is to include a new copy of your company's employee guidebook since all employees must follow the same rules and regulations at home as in the office. After providing this basic information, make sure to manage expectations, clarify how your employees should communicate and what measures are taken for security and insurance. Explaining the tools, platforms, and resources to use and how to ensure cybersecurity are vital aspects of your work-from-home document.
2) Make it your ownSince all companies are different, there is not one solution that fits everyone. So there are certain aspects to consider to tailor your remote work policy and make it your own. Include what sets you apart, your vision and your mission. They should be reflected in your policy and remind your employees what they are striving towards. Another thing that makes your company unique is your people, so it is important to reflect your company culture in your policy. Organizing online activities can not only improve overall well-being, but it can also add value to your culture. Additionally, keep in mind that every team works differently, so decide on the amount of flexibility you want to offer and provide your employees with the conditions and resources they need to bring the best results. Gathering feedback from managers can be a helpful measure to ensure everybody's needs are met.
The majority of North American companies still operate without a remote work policy. However, having a policy put in place can only help your company and is getting more important as the number of remote workers keeps rising. It doesn't only provide clarity to your employees, clear company rules on flexibility will relieve stress and increase productivity and happiness. In return, these factors improve employee engagement and reduce turnover. Showing your commitment to providing a better work environment can also attract global talent and ultimately help your company grow globally. Taking advantage of the fully remote world and hiring internationally is a great opportunity for your company's future.
How to Build a Compliant Remote Company
Global expansion might seem like it includes many obstacles. Setting up international legal entities, being globally compliant, and registering with local authorities, but some solutions can support you in the process of global remote growth. An Employer of Record (EoR) for example, allows you to stay in control of management while overcoming the obstacles that keep you from expanding internationally. EuroDev can be your EoR or provide you with other solutions such as Professional Employer Organization Services or HR Outsourcing Services.
EuroDev, established in 1996 with offices in The Netherlands, has a single, defined purpose to help mid-sized North American companies expand their business in Europe. We have created a proven, successful business development model and since our founding, have partnered with over 500 companies to help them define and meet their European business goals. Services provided include Sales Outsourcing, HR Outsourcing, and Digital Marketing.
Source: Global news, globalization partners