Working remotely is not easy and can be much more difficult than you think it would be. With the current world situation, working remotely is no longer the future of work. It’s a present situation many of us are facing right now.
Amidst the outbreak of COVID-19 across the world and a panic situation prevailing all over, the organizations have asked their employees to work remotely and be safe at their homes. While many of us are quickly trying to adapt to this new way of working, a significant number of teams are already working at it for years.
“According to a survey, 52.21% of employees have stated that their workplace has asked them to work remotely, amidst the outbreak of corona virus.”
However, there’s no single way to work remotely and it is always advisable to establish remote work policies in advance. To encourage successful remote working, one should keep on finding some new and exciting ways for the employees. Some of which are:
- Well established communication channels
Effective and well-established communication channels are vital for making remote working a success. Remote work becomes more efficient and satisfying once the organization sets up an ideal timing and frequency of having conversations over a defined mode of communication.
The managers, as well as the human resource department, should always try to schedule short interval calls from time-to-time even if not necessary. This keeps the employees more engaged in their work.
- Timely encouragement to employees
It is very important for the managers to acknowledge the stress and empathize with the struggles faced by any employee during remote working at any point in time. Often asking a question about “How is the work going at your side so far?” makes a lot of difference and encourages the employees to work diligently and much more efficiently.
- Leadership & Management
In this time of change and uncertainty, a bona fide leader will always turn out to be a successful one with his whole team intact. By setting up a mission, values, and purpose for every task will always make the employees adhere to the respective timeline of their tasks with a quick turnaround time even when working remotely.
- Proper tools & resources
There are amazing tools to depend upon and make your communication and collaboration even more effective such as:
- SLACK for real-time messaging and information to flow smoothly across a team
- ZOOM for setting up a video conferencing call among all the team members which makes everyone feel more connected and aligned.
- GOOGLE DRIVE/DROPBOX used for sharing important files or documents across the team as well as with the clients all over.
- TRELLO for collaborating and getting regular and real-time status updates 24/7 or any other item at your convenience.
With COVID-19 forcing many teams into remote working, employees have turned out to be much more cooperative and supportive to each other. Whether it’s about the online conferencing tool not working properly or sometimes when my Google Docs account doesn’t let me share some important files with the client.