Remote Control Overview

Take Control

One of the concerns of some organizations have about their workforce going remote is a drop in productivity. Instead of engaging in focused work for 8 hours a day within a controlled environment. One of the unspoken fears is that workers might become distracted from work and engage in developing their culinary prowess and instead of preparing for a meeting, they make themselves busy perfecting a blueberry scone recipe or finally get a spot on the leader board in their favorite online multi-player game.

The fact is remote work, with a trained workforce, can enhance productivity and increase employee morale.  Often a workforce is held captive in a traditional office environment, but they take time for visits to the break room, restroom, celebrating co-workers achievements or birthdays, walks around the grounds, chit chat and other non-work related activities. Professional standards (norms of behavior) can be established to ensure employees understand how they are expected to perform and operate in a remote environment.

For managers who are accustomed to having all employees in the building, the transition to remote work can be unsettling and frustrating. They have legitimate concerns about the productivity and accountability of their remote employees. However, most lack the knowledge, tools, and support that they need to maintain employee productivity from a distance.    

To address the needs and concerns of your managers, we at WorkforceRemote.org have created a three-step process that we call Remote Control 

Remote Control

Let’s explore some initial strategies to make your organization remote ready to support a distributed workforce. Access the video or read the transcript below to learn more.

Note: In this demo, you will experience an excerpt of a  recording of a webinar presentation.  Media within the course do not consist of webinar recordings.

Play Video

Introduction to Remote Work Challenges

Let’s take a quiz! Woo-Hoo! Take a good look at what this employee is doing and answer this question: This employee is

    • A) at home
    • B) in the office,
    • C) you’ll never know where this employee is.


The answer is C, you’ll never know where this employee is because some employees are going to waste time wherever they are.

The Importance of Trust in Remote Work

Not every employee is a good fit for remote work. If you have an employee you do not trust in the office, don’t let that employee work remotely. Trust is a crucial element in the remote work equation, dictating not only who should be allowed to work remotely but also how they should be managed.

Monitoring Productivity Among Remote Workers

For your other employees, the good workers, you do have a legitimate question in asking, how can I know if remote employees are really working? When you’re on-site in your office, you have better things to do than monitor your employees to make sure they are working. In the physical office building, you measure productivity without directly observing everything workers do.

Introducing Workforce Remote Control

You can do the same for remote employees. We at Workforce Remote.org have created Workforce Remote Control, a leadership protocol that gives you control over key aspects of the remote work environment. This innovative approach adapts classic management principles to the unique challenges and opportunities presented by remote work.

To access the next lesson, select the title in the course menu (left side of the page).