Whether you run a remote team, or you yourself are working remotely here are the 3 top tips for working remotely.
According to Regus, the global turn key-office space service provider [with 3000 locations in 900 cities and 120 countries], their study showed that many (about 56%) of telecommuters that work remotely said that they concentrate better in the solitude. I concur. Through the last fifteen years I’ve been working out of various cafes, despite having setup offices for employees for many of those years.
Another 53% of telecommuters said that working remotely gives them a change of scenery and thus avoids ‘cabin fever’.
In today’s ever-evolving digital world we have more and more connectivity and productivity tools to make working remotely more efficient than ever. A lot has changed since the days in 1986 when my cell phone weighed 5 lbs and was the size of a small attache case.
Connectivity in real time. The one aspect of remote-working that could be considered a setback is that team members are not sitting next to you, or across from you for that instant one question interaction. Or for a whiteboard brainstorming session. There is no doubt that brainstorming in the same sapce, feeding off each other’s ideas has a powerful impact. But it is one of the few setbacks, and with the proper tools you can overvcome this.
Provide and use productive tools. My team stays interconnected in real time using a set of productivity and communication tools. These include our core tools, such as a company-branded enterprise G-Suite by Google (which I highly recommend for managing domains, email, instant chat, video chat, and colloaboration tools including calenders, documents, forms and presentations), a project management tool (we use TeamWork), and a CRM (we currently use HubSpot). Additionally you can use other tools like WhatsApp, Viber, Slack.
Trust. There is no doubt that to run a remote-based organization you have to trust that your people will do what they’re supposed to do. Accordingly, to achive this requires a motivated team. What are they working for, what’s in it for them? Fear of losing one’s job if you don’t perform is always a motivator. But teams that thrive don’t achieve because they have to; they thrive because they want to.