Tips for Increasing Telework in Your Company

At Works, we take pride in championing remote working and its many benefits, utilizing our Hypno-ray to showcase the obvious advantages. Our goal is to bring together the best talent from around the world to form virtual teams. We recognize the great potential that remote working offers to both the individual and the company.

If your organization has yet to embrace remote working, how do you go about collaborating with a remote team? How can you alter attitudes within the business and open up opportunities to recruit the best talent from around the globe? It is possible to master the art of working remotely and benefit from the advantages it brings.

Internal Strategies for Promoting Remote Work

Avoid making the same mistakes again.

There is an abundance of material available which supports the implementation of remote working for employees. Research into this area has already been conducted by organizations such as 1 Million for Work Flexibility, which promotes flexible working environments such as telecommuting. It is possible to gain an understanding of the arguments for remote working by examining their press kits, websites and other sources of information. Salesforce has recently adopted a remote working culture, which speaks volumes about the current and future state of work culture.

Don’t Rehash Old Arguments

Publications often focus on the advantages of remote working for employees, however there are many benefits for companies that are often overlooked. Presenting your superiors with these points may not be particularly impactful as they have likely heard them before. Instead, try to highlight the wider talent pool available with remote working, or the cost-savings associated with having a remote workforce.

Take Criticisms Seriously

It is important to acknowledge the potential downsides of remote working when discussing the matter, as this will help to allay any worries stakeholders may have. When someone questions the viability of remote working, citing the failure of Yahoo as an example, it is important to note that this is still a common practice, despite the high-profile example set by Yahoo.

It is important to plan how success will be measured and how employee performance will be monitored, taking into account any potential time zone differences. Before presenting your plans for a virtual team, ensure that you are fully committed to ensuring successful implementation.

Think About Starting a Test Run

Many businesses are using pilot program to help ease employee worries about working from home. With a pilot program, it’s possible to trial the technology in a controlled environment with minimal investment and risk. This is an ideal opportunity to think of strategies and solutions to counter any criticism. If you’re interested in this, you can either explore the concept and design your own program or look to the program of other companies as a starting point for your own pilot.

Influence Techniques

In his TED talk on the power of speeches to influence, Professor Heller outlines the importance of combining facts with an emotional appeal to be most effective. He notes that facts alone are not sufficient to capture an audience’s attention, and suggests that achieving a sense of intimacy with the audience is key in order to make the speech resonant. How, then, can one prepare to make an emotional appeal?

Effective listening is essential for creating an emotional connection with someone. In order to understand another person’s viewpoint, it is important to take the time to listen to their story. Begin by considering any criticisms they may have; if you can comprehend these, it should be possible to comprehend why the critic feels the way they do. This is the first step in developing a rapport and can be a powerful tool in gaining someone’s trust.

From there, all that remains is to put together a compelling presentation, or, if the meeting is less formal, to find the most effective way to communicate your knowledge to the other person.

Use of the Force for Mental Effects

My business associate swears by the “Obi-Wan, these aren’t the droids you’re looking for” hand gesture. For those of us who have not been trained in the Jedi arts, alternative strategies from the fields of psychology and Neuro-Linguistic Programming can be employed to improve our chances of success in a debate.

It is understandable that charities may use psychological techniques to secure continued support from those who have previously shown support. One such technique is to ask a question which only a monster could refuse, in order to condition people to agree with them. This technique has been observed in phone calls and face-to-face conversations with charities and is likely to be used three times or more.

Questions such as ‘Do you believe that child suffering is a horrible thing?’ are commonplace introductions. It is highly likely that one would agree with this sentiment. Subsequently, the question of ‘Do you want to see every child receive the necessary medical treatment?’ is posed, to which the majority of people would reply in the affirmative. Therefore, when the question ‘Will you assist us by providing a small donation?’ is asked, it is likely that the answer will be ‘yes’ if the previous questions have been answered in the affirmative. If one wishes to be more specific, they may find themselves in a difficult situation with limited options.

In the same way, you may employ phrases that the other person agrees with or that elicit a solid “Yes” from them before you ever ask for anything.

One of the strategies that may be used to increase the credibility of an idea is to start sentences with the phrase “One of the things that…”. This approach is effective, as it encourages the reader to consider that there may be other advantages to the concept that have not yet been mentioned. For example, beginning a sentence with “One of the advantages of remote working is” implies that there are further benefits to teleworking.

Have you noticed that when statements begin with “I don’t know if you’ve noticed,” they tend to gain the listener’s attention and increase their curiosity? Asking this question can make listeners question whether they have picked up on the information and thus pay closer attention.

It is worth noting that starting a phrase with “I don’t know whether you’ve noticed” is likely to prompt the listener to pay more attention, as they become curious to discover whether the speaker has observed something. This can help to ensure that the audience is paying closer attention to the content of the speaker’s message.

Work’s Got Your Back if You Want to Work from Home.

At Works, we are confident that telecommuting is an excellent choice. Please get in contact with us if you require evidence that a virtual workforce can increase your organization’s access to high-quality talent, and we will do whatever we can to promote remote work within your company. Our company prides itself on its ability to match remarkable individuals with rewarding roles. Furthermore, if you require any further supporting data to convince you of the benefits of telecommuting, we have that available too. Please visit our blog for more information.

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