Planning Your Workforce in the Telecommuting Era
When you are working to be a successful Chief Human Resource officer, it is a must to plan things ahead. There are numerous important long-term initiatives that each business implements, however one of the critical ones is the workforce planning. And one of the most important elements for workforce planning is integrating your telecommuting employees.
Workforce planning involves planning for present and future needs of employment. The primary aim of workforce planning is ensure that the company always has the necessary human resource to run effectively and smoothly, both at present and in future. Developing a talent acquisition strategy that is cost effective and fills out talent gaps is also an important part of workforce planning. In addition, efficient workforce planning involves day-to-day analysis of the productivity of employees, both as a team and individually.
Workforce Planning for Telecommuters
Let’s look at few workforce planning strategies you can implement:
1. Actively networking with employees residing elsewhere
Just as the talent acquisition team must connect with best talent in the area, they should also try to connect with the talent living somewhere else. Limiting your talent acquisition efforts to just to your city or state may not be very fruitful. By reaching out talent elsewhere, you may find a great hire.
2. Scheduling consistent one-to-one interactions
Telecommuters can feel a bit left out from the rest of the workforce without routine interactions. This means that you need to plan for regular one-to-one communications along with digital interactions.
3. Aiding their overall growth
If you have made the right hires, the telecommuting workers should perform just as perfectly as your on-site employees. And just like the assessment of your on-site employees, the competencies of the telecommuters need to be evaluated to help them develop their skills.
4. Be prepared for more telecommuting
In the end, you need to be well prepared for more telecommuting employees. As technology advances, telecommuting will become more prominent. Soon, many businesses will have a considerable amount of remote employees that are either partially or full remote. It is a right time to accept the change and make necessary preparations.
One way to adjust with telecommuting is to plan a semi-annual or an annual event such a summit or a conference. This event will bring all your workers together to discuss workflows, operations, be acquainted with each other, and learn and share few things. This is also a nice way to create a strong culture for your company.