Waking up early, putting on real clothes, commuting to the office... It’s not for everyone. In fact, according to Business 2 Community, one in every five people are estimated to be working from home at least one day a week. This increase in flexibility is sought after by many employees and can play a large part in employee retention, productivity and independence.

A remote workforce is becoming increasingly popular everyday. According to the same company, Business 2 Community, working from home is expected to increase by 63% from 2013 to 2018. So, knowing how to keep your employees productive when working from home is essential.

Employee Incentives

Whether your employees are working in the office or working remotely, incentives should always be in your budget and not seen as an expense, but rather as an investment. Not only is working from home a perk of the job, but there are other incentives that can be given as well. Keep in mind that what may work for one employee, won’t always work for the next. 

Develop an incentive system. For example, for each project an employee completes, give them a certain amount of points. Communicate to them how many points you expect them to earn in a month, and if they meet your requirements, reward them. 

Be sure your employees know that working from home isn’t a right—it’s a reward and an act of trust. If your employees fail to meet deadlines or aren’t completing enough projects, keep their work-from-home days to a minimum until they can prove it’s something they aren’t taking for granted.

Pay by the Project

The workforce is changing. The type of work available today is much different than it was even fifteen years ago, thanks to technology. As the economy shifts, technology advances, and working in an office becomes less of a necessity, workers find themselves looking for that flexibility because they’ve seen it done before. And it works.

Full time employees aren’t always a must for your business, and most freelancers prefer to work part time. Hiring contractors has become increasingly popular as it can help companies save money and allow entrepreneurs to focus on business goals.

Say goodbye to providing health insurance, desks, computers, office space and other resources that would be essential in a “normal” environment. Not only is time and money spared, but contracted employees are highly motivated as they don’t get paid until a project is completed. 

Virtual Technology

Technology is great, isn’t it? Today, you can have face-to-face meetings without even being in the same vicinity. With the availability of virtual technology such as FaceTime and Skype, it’s easy to check in no matter what you’re doing or where you are. Make sure your employees know that if you need them during regular business hours, they should be available. 

If an employee needs help with a project, virtual technology can also be beneficial. Today, remote connections are easier than ever. Most of the tools are so cost-effective and easy to use that any business can rely on them.

Giving employees freedom to maintain a healthy work-life balance can keep them from feeling tied down. Not all options will work for every business, so determine the benefits before you start implementing changes. If you try it out and employees are more productive than ever, embrace the change.