Many of us got some experience with the work-from-home model in the past couple of years. While some of us returned to our offices, many saw the benefits of working from home and are transitioning to a fully remote office. Whether your firm is fully remote, partially remote, or considering the switch to a remote or hybrid office, there are a few things that you can do to make the transition or your current model, easier for both you and your employees. Here are a few tips from Attorney at Work.
- Focus on Team Connection: It is a lot easier to have a strong work culture when all your employees are working in the same building. Team members will chat in the lunchroom, grab coffee or lunch together, and stop by each other’s offices. When everyone is at home, connecting with coworkers and fostering a connected company culture is much more difficult. Schedule weekly team meetings to share how cases are going and discuss what is going on with everyone outside of work. Ask plans for the weekend and share photos from the week. Celebrate virtual happy hours or lunches to develop that team connection in a more casual way.
- Up Your Online Presence: You can reach a much wider audience with a strong online presence. Make sure your website is updated and user-friendly. Keep up with current SEO tactics so that your website appears in online searches for your services. Make sure you have a Google My Business profile, and all the information is up to date. Post blogs and social media content daily, if possible. Become a source of insight or explanation; create video content relevant to your audience and share it on YouTube and social media. Stay engaged with your audience. Respond timely to messages, comments, and reviews. Grow your online connections by interacting with community pages and professionals in your industry.
- New Virtual Office Policies: If you are transitioning from an in-person office to a remote workspace, there are probably some changes to company policies and expectations. The dress code is likely different. You probably have new expectations involving Zoom meetings, such as appearance, lighting, audio, and backgrounds. What should an employee do if the internet at home goes down or is running extremely slow? Schedules and working hours may be different or more flexible. At the beginning of the transition, these new policies may have been informal, but if you plan to remain remote indefinitely, it is helpful to everyone to have the handbook and policies reflect the current working environment.
Turning your office into a remote office has a lot of benefits, but the transition can seem daunting. With a few simple tips in mind, your transition can be seamless! Check out the full article from Attorney at Work here.