remote working - leadership and management issuesWhether remote work is new to your business or you've been doing it successfully for years, your employees have likely experienced both the benefits and the challenges of getting things done away from the office.

While many people enjoy working remotely and do so successfully, a multitude of challenges can make it quite difficult for others.

There are different challenges for different people:

  • It requires self discipline
  • Can lead to a lack of social contact and potential feelings of isolation
  • Can cause difficulty prioritising tasks
  • Adapting to new technology and associated outages can be hard
  • Can lead to a lack of clarity in deliverables
  • Creates a possible lack of structure
  • Overwork/stress from not being able to switch off
  • Managing different kinds of interruptions from family, children, pets
  • Managing physical and mental health

Remote Work Competencies are designed to support employees to be productive and communicate effectively while working remotely.

Harrison Assessments has developed specific Remote Work Behavioural Competencies to help businesses maximise performance and meet the challenges of working in a remote environment. Each of these competencies compare an individual to a range of traits related to remote working.

There are two versions of the competencies: One for remote workers and the other for leaders who manage remote workers.

So Remote Workers – can compare their own behavioural tendencies to those that are most likely to produce positive outcomes and Leaders of Remote Workers – can gain insights into their own management style and potential adjustments that will benefit team members and organisational performance.

What are the remote working competencies?

Remote Productivity

Stays focused and productive while working remotely. Effectively works autonomously by taking initiative and persisting despite potential distractions. Keeps organised and focused on goals. Has a positive attitude and seeks self-improvement.

Remote Communication

Takes the initiative to communicate and collaborate to improve efficiency. Has a positive attitude and listens with an open mind. Doesn’t take things personally and is receptive to feedback. Seeks to ensure their communications are received by being straightforward while also being respectful. Communicates clearly and logically while also being sensitive to others

Important questions to ask when implementing a remote workforce:

How can the capacity to work remotely be measured and understood?

How can leaders adjust their management style to help employees succeed in a remote environment?

How can data and talent analytics assist in making good decisions for your business?

Download a sample Remote Work Analysis

Download a sample Remote Work Analysis for Leadership

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