Building an Effective Fluid Power and Mobile Equipment Remote Workforce
The nature of the modern workforce is rapidly changing and the fluid power and mobile equipment industries are not immune to this evolution. A combination of a more global workforce and an increasingly tight labor market have accelerated the need for companies to develop and implement remote workforces. Unfortunately, resistance and misunderstanding have led many organizations to either fail to maximize their remote workforce or not create one entirely. The latter option is simply becoming less viable. In order to remain competitive within the market and attract top-level talent, a remote workforce is essential. This means the question is no longer should you have a remote workforce, but rather, how can you optimize your remote workforce so that it is achieving maximum productivity.
There are several factors to consider when building and managing your remote workforce, but for the sake of brevity, we have chosen to focus on three key factors that define not only a successful fluid power and mobile equipment remote workforce, but any remote workforce.
It seems simple enough, but nowhere across an organization are resources more vital to success than in the remote workforce. Without the benefit of instantaneous access to the physical corporate structure, mobile professionals need a unique set of resources in order to function properly. Whether your organization works within the fluid power or mobile equipment industry, the resources your remote workforce requires will vary depending on their function and purpose. What does hold true across industry is the importance of having strong systems in place that ensure the effective and efficient delivery of the necessary resources. By keeping your remote workforce equipped and their needs met, you maintain their ability to produce.
To some degree, employing a remote workforce is an act of faith. For this reason alone, many companies are hesitant to fully maximize the potential of their mobile employees. The uncertainty associated with a remote workforce is not entirely unfounded, but it can be overcome by adjusting how you approach hiring talent. By partnering with experienced professionals who understand both the industry and hiring, you can leverage their connections and knowledge to build a remote workforce comprised of individuals with proven track records of integrity and success in a remote work environment. This allows organizations to better extend the trust that is so vital in encouraging the achievement of their remote workforces.
Once a company has assembled and properly equipped a trustworthy fluid power or mobile equipment remote workforce, the next step is to maintain their enthusiasm and promote their commitment. An often-ignored piece of the remote workforce puzzle is company culture. Without a consistent physical connection to the organization, encouraging a sense of community among remote employees can help breed the trust and buy-in you need to promote success. Whether this is through organized get-togethers or company-wide initiatives, getting your remote workforce active in your company’s culture promotes a sense of belonging that is integral their effectiveness.
There are a number of components that must be considered when building and maintaining a fluid power or mobile equipment remote workforce. However, by establishing a foundation comprised of resources, trust and culture, you can promote the growth and productivity of your remote team. This works to maximize their success and promote long-term commitment to your organization, its goals and its mission. As we stated earlier, the tools and resources your remote workforce require will vary by industry and function. In the future you can expect from us news and articles that detail those specific resources and how you can implement them within your unique remote workforce.