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Encouraging Your Remote Employees to Create a Schedule

  • Remote and hybrid work arrangements can lead to employees working more irregular hours
  • This method can potentially disrupt the work-life balance and lead to disconnects between team members’ schedules
  • Tips on encouraging employees to develop remote work scheduling that works well for themselves and the business

Summary by Dirk Langeveld

The growth of remote and hybrid work options has also been disrupting the traditional 9-5 workday. With more autonomy over their own workday, workers often have the option of putting in early or late hours in exchange for greater flexibility over personal matters during the rest of the day.

However, remote work also creates the risk of a more blurred work-life balance, which can increase the odds of employee stress. And collaborative efforts can be disrupted if remote workers’ schedules don’t align.

Encouraging employees to create a remote work schedule can help them to meet their goals and avoid burnout. A recent article in Entrepreneur offers tips on remote work scheduling, including:

  • Create times for employees to have uninterrupted focus on certain tasks or projects
  • Set up meetings during less productive times, when they are less likely to interrupt work on a crucial matter
  • Block out time to be off the clock as well, including breaks and time for employees to complete personal tasks such as spending time with their family or doing chores
  • Build in flexibility to account for unexpected work and schedule changes

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