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Remote Work: How to Create Happier Employees Who Get More Done

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Working remotely can be an amazing opportunity for organizations and their employees. However, working at home isn't for everyone. Pete Zimek, CEO of Novi AMS, has been working remotely for over two decades, and he shared his thoughts with the Florida Society of Association Executives at their 2019 Education Conference.

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Remote Work: How to Create Happier Employees Who Get More Done

  1. 1. Remote Work How to Create Happier Employees Who Get More Done
  2. 2. I’m Pete • 2x Florida Gator • 2x Dad • 18 Year Remote Worker • 3x Entrepreneur • Founder & CEO of Novi AMS
  3. 3. Today, we’ll cover… • Why You Might Consider Working Remotely • Remote Office Setup • Managing Remote Employees • Inspiring Employees from a Distance
  4. 4. Why?
  5. 5. Benefits for Employers • No Commute • Environmentally Friendly • Healthier Team • Wider Applicant Pool • Employee Retention • Lower Costs* • Higher Productivity
  6. 6. Benefits for Employees • No Commute • Save Money • Life Changes • More Opportunity • Flexible Schedules • Independence • Customizable Office Space • Travel*
  7. 7. Why Not?
  8. 8. Employers Should Consider • Member Expectations • Business Model • Logistics • Leadership Style • Individual Personalities
  9. 9. Employees Should Consider • Do you need physical connections at work? • Do you have the self discipline for remote work? • Are you self motivated? • Are you assertive? • Is the environment such that you could become an outsider? • Would your home life support remote work? • Do you have a dedicated office at home?
  10. 10. Digital Infrastructure Creating an office environment for remote employees
  11. 11. High Speed Internet
  12. 12. Software as a Service Cloud-based, subscription software
  13. 13. Source: thebizblogs.com
  14. 14. Brick & Mortar
  15. 15. Managing Remote Employees It’s all about the people…
  16. 16. Hire the Right People • Invest the time up front • Look for people with a steady work history • Ask about their ideal work environment • Uncover WHY they want to work remote • Determine if their personality is a good fit for a remote culture
  17. 17. Establish Structure • Daily Standups • Sprints • Slack Away Status • Zoom Status • Team PTO Calendar
  18. 18. Control Your Data • Everything in the Cloud • Single Source of Truth • AMS • CRM • QuickBooks • Mise en place • Own Your Data: Files - Passwords - Databases
  19. 19. Establish Clear Policies • Easily accessible handbook & procedures • Living document • Easily searchable
  20. 20. Inspiring Remote Employees Creating a fulfilling culture that drives results for members & customers
  21. 21. Rituals • Retrospectives • One on One’s • Virtual Coffee • Makin’ Bacon • Slack Emoji • Monday Lunch
  22. 22. Tell Your Story Lead through inspiration, not management.
  23. 23. Remote Work Recap • Considerations for Working Remotely • Remote Office Setup • Managing Remote Employees • Inspiring Employees from a Distance

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