Remote management has become a necessity in an increasingly digital world, especially in times of crisis. In this sense, training your managers to perform their role remotely has become essential.
Figures for working from home
With the increasing digitisation of companies and the increasing demands of employees, working from home is becoming increasingly important from year to year.
This is all the more true in times of health crisis, when teleworking is becoming the norm.
Some figures to illustrate the rise of working from home:
3% of French workers regularly work from home.
30% of executives in the private sector sometimes work from home.
An increasingly common practice: 700,000 additional people working from home from 2018 to 2019.
Only 9% of executives have signed contracts including teleworking.
82% of people working from home are satisfied.
56% of managers say they experience difficulty in managing teams working from home.
On average 17% of people work from home in Europe.SOURCE : HUBSPOT 2020
More than 84% of people want to continue teleworking after the restrictions imposed by the crisis are lifted.
73% of those working from home are satisfied with the practice, a figure that is up 7 points from April. And 43% of people who are new to teleworking believe that the crisis has changed their assessment of working from home in a positive way.SOURCE : FRANCE INTER JUIN 2020
The average rate for working from home in Europe is around 20% or 30-35% in the northern European countries.SOURCE : TELETRAVAILLER.FR
THE CHALLENGES OF TELEWORKING
Of course, there are many reasons for these growing numbers.
Firstly, the time saved on travel is divided between personal time and more work in the company. In particular, sales staff or other roles that require travel can save a lot of time.
Secondly, employees find a better work/life balance in working from home.
In addition, smart use of working from home saves space and therefore reduces rent for businesses. Also, sometimes employees will prefer the comfort of working from home rather than that of the workplace.
Paradoxically, teleworking can also lead to a degree of rigour in the use of digital tools and the autonomy of employees in their use.
Finally, employees surveyed about working from home are generally more productive and more fulfilled.
Teleworking – a challenge for managers
However, working from home also has disadvantages.
Many managers feel overwhelmed by this practice, which prevents or limits their control over their team’s activity .
Also, the occupational health risks associated with working from home should not be overlooked .
Among the most prominent arguments put forward by those working from home is the lack of a social bond. Going further, they complain that there is less teamwork when working from home is the norm. Managers who are uncomfortable with modern tools may be the first to feel overwhelmed.
For all these reasons, managers need to have training in remote management. Good, personalised training will help them overcome their blocking points and turn them into an opportunity. This way, your teams will be able to gain in well-being and productivity.
Our training and coaching for managing at a distance
To begin with, it is essential to emphasise that not all managers are equal when faced with teleworking.
Between those who are converts to this practice and those who feel overwhelmed, the potential generational gaps, the technical aspect linked to the tools but also sometimes to the products, and preconceptions, there are many differences that can explain the difficulties of remote management.
Prior to training, our teams begin by auditing your current organisation. We analyse the challenges of managers, employee expectations, and the tools and conditions put in place.
So this first audit will allow us to understand the strengths and weaknesses of your current remote organisation.
This will tailor remote management training to the real needs of your managers and teams.
By working with our digital brand KonexUp, we will also guide your teams in choosing the right tools and train managers to use them correctly.
Human beings must remain at the centre of the process and must not suffer digital technology as a burden. This is why our approach supports the human aspect first. It allows us to ensure that the manager is comfortable with his/her remote roles.
DO YOU WANT TO TRAIN YOUR TEAMS OR YOURSELF IN REMOTE MANAGEMENT?
In order to discuss your needs in remote management together, you can contact us to discuss your requirements and offer you our customised training and coaching solutions.