How to Prepare for a New Wave of Remote Work
There are a number of tools, resources and technology that make working remotely simple.
As companies are forced to experiment with remote work due to Covid-19 restrictions, they may realize working remotely isn’t as taboo as they thought. According to a study published in the Harvard Business Review, employees are not only more productive when working from home but also much happier and less likely to quit.
With an increased focus on freelance and remote work now more than ever before, companies need to start thinking of creative ways to cater to this new wave of workers. To help, I compiled three ways companies can ease this transition and start planning for the future.
Invest in the Right Technology
Due to the Covid-19 crisis, companies are urged to invest in new technologies for their employees. There are a number of tools, resources and technology that make working remotely simple.
With video platforms like Zoom and Skype for Business, it is feasible to take conference calls from the comfort of your own home. Krisp, a noise cancelling app, helps drown out any background noise when taking these calls. Task management and collaboration tools like Trello, the Google Suite, and Asana make working together seamless. Finally, Slack, a business communication platform, is perfect for cultivating a virtual office or work space for employees.
I compiled a list of these resources and tools with their corresponding URLs below:
- Video Conferencing:
- Task Management & Collaboration:
- Business Communication:
Both employers and employees will need to start over communicating. When it comes to remote communications, I like to use the phrase, “when in doubt, talk it out.” Since both parties will most likely not be responding to every communication right away, they will want to make sure that they over communicate when they do.
In addition to over communication, they will need to be assertive, clear and to-the-point. Nonverbal cues are something we need in communication, but remote employees don’t have this luxury. It’s also important to remember and be respectful of when and how often you’ll be communicating or “online” is important, especially for those who can’t turn off their computer.
Think about Processes, not Tasks
We’ll have to change the way we look at getting the job done. No longer are employers asking an employee to deliver a certain task. They will need to work with their employees to develop a process for each. Working remotely challenges the traditional work space and middle management to think differently, and creatively, on ways to increase productivity and new processes.
While traditionally, managers may have checked-in with employees bi-weekly, they may now have to do this weekly and via video chat from the comfort of their homes. The process of traditional collaboration on a project in meeting rooms will need to change. I think you get the point.
Whether it is through processes, communication or the tools we use, the workplace as we know it is being challenged to think of creative ways around how we traditionally conducted business if they want to keep up with the demands of a new wave of remote workers.
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