How Companies Can Make The Transition to Working From Home Easier

Working from home can be challenging for both employees and companies. Employees who aren’t used to it might miss the structure and social aspect of an office, while companies who don’t have a plan in place for working from home may face challenges in making sure employees have the right technology to work from home.

Several of Union Square Media Group’s employees are remote full time, but we also offer the opportunity to work from home one day a week to others. Since implementing our work-from-home program, we’ve learned a lot about what it takes to create a successful remote program. Here are some of the strategies we’ve found useful.

Make sure your team has the right tools for the job.

Treat every meeting as remote-first.

Our product team pioneered our remote-first practices. For meetings, this means every team member uses video and joins the call from their computer for every meeting. Not only does this make it easier to read expressions and tell who is speaking, it makes our meetings more accessible and inclusive overall. It also means that we spend a lot of time writing Slack messages and emails — announcing something in person won’t do much good if half the team isn’t in the office!

Make sure to check in on remote team members.

One way to combat this is to schedule check-ins like stand-up meetings, retrospectives, and one-on-ones between team members and their leads. These meetings don’t all have to be working meetings, either. Virtual “coffee breaks” give team members a chance to catch up with one another, have a few minutes of human interaction, and hopefully eliminate those feelings of isolation.

Union Square Media is a digital advertising agency.