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Planning Your Workforce in the Telecommuting Era

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.

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Anuprit brings a vast experience across functions viz. business management, key account management, and sales operations & has a keen eye for identifying, nurturing and developing new opportunities and has proven record of connecting businesses. Being a focused entrepreneur, Anuprit also offers his edge as an influencer and seed funder to budding enterprises. Over the last 15 years’, he has helped set up several ventures – Prolific Sales Pvt. Ltd., SG Cubes Pvt. Ltd., Business Morphosis, and Creazione IT Solutions. All these have gone on to deliver ample success in the subsequent years. Anuprit has also worked as an independent consultant to a number of companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 1000 assisting them close deals with companies like HP, Xerox, AWS, Microsoft, Air Canada, Northrop Grumman, Cisco, SAP, Adobe & Honeywell Automation. Here, he assisted them in devising precise strategies to identify customer segments for their respective products and services. He also has a strong knack of devising successful marketing campaigns resulting into a distinct growth of businesses.