Building a remote team is not as easy as 1-2-3. But fret not because we are here to guide you in establishing and settling into your new remote work environment. To start, we present to you four practical tips to keep in mind.
As we witness more businesses shifting to a remote working environment, we find that making this move isn’t so easy. And it’s not just about the employees taking their work computers to home. As many would have put it: “it’s not about WHERE to work, it’s about HOW to work.”
Regardless of the employees’ choice of workplace, distractions are somewhat inevitable. This, in turn, may affect the company’s overall productivity, workflow, and capacity to meet certain demands.
As such, it’s important that business owners and team managers know how to build a remote workforce from the onset, right before making the shift to the “new normal” working environment.
That said, we’ll leave you with some tips to keep in mind when starting to form your team of remote workers:
Even before the pandemic hit, you may have already using several communication and collaboration tools to ease up processes on-site. Popular examples are Asana, Skype, Slack, Google Hangouts, and Zoom, which are often used to organize and get real-time updates on various tasks.
The slight problem here is these tools are best for companies with a very small team. Those with hundreds to thousands of employees may lose track of messages and updates. In this case, developing your own software that can cater to your specific collaboration and communication needs is never a bad idea.
In fact, investing in new technology is something worth considering as you’ll see in our next tip.
These could include cloud platforms for secure and easily-accessible storage of your company files and information. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, hybrid IT, and robot process automation (RPA) are also some of the tech trends worth checking out and implementing (if the budget allows).
When used correctly, these technologies open up new ways and opportunities to do the menial, day-to-day tasks quickly and accurately. For instance, using RPA allows you to accomplish more with attended and unattended bots. Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software, on the other hand, can help your sales team identify which sales processes and patterns are working, allowing for a more effective sales strategy.
What worked for you and your employees in an office-based setting may not have the same effect in the remote world. Therefore, it’s high time that you take a look at your business and work relationship structures.
You can start doing so by answering the following questions:
Video meetings foster a more personal and deeper connection with your remote workers. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that communicating with them via online messaging or phone calls alone won’t be as effective.
Whatever medium for communication you choose, the power lies within your message. Make it clear to everyone the goals you want to achieve and their responsibilities as you all move to the remote world.
For every project you will work on, make sure that everyone involved is well-aware of the scope, objectives, and timeline to avoid work delays, misunderstandings, and wasted effort.
In the end, effective communication and the right tech tools create a killer combination. But in order to thrive even further, leveraging the talents and skills of your remote workers is the real deal.
In today’s digitally-enabled world, it’s hard to imagine a company without employees. But the view of employees working productively and comfortably, all while helping businesses increase their bottom line, would always be delightful to one’s eyes.
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