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 solitude. Another 53% of telecommuters said that working remotely gives them a change of scenery and thus avoids ‘cabin fever’. Yes, and yes. I concur.
I’ve been working remotely since long before it was necessary, or trendy, beginning back in 2004. Today I’m working out of a beach restaurant in Cancun. Even though I had set up a 5,000 square foot office with a 100 workstations for my team in India, I was never there. Kiran would call and ask “Are you coming in today,” to which I respond “no.” He wondered “Where are you, we need to have a small meeting.” It was an ongoing routine, “I’m at the corner working out of the cafe”.
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. Working remotely, however, is not for everyone. Some people like the structure of working in an office. If, however, you’re like me and prefer to be on the move, here are a few setup tips.
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 space, feeding off each other’s ideas has a powerful impact. But it is one of the few setbacks, and with online video conferencing where you can share screens, you can overcome 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 (now called Google Workplace), which I’ve recommended before for managing domains, email, instant chat, video chat, and collaboration tools, including calendars, documents, forms, and presentations). Beyond that though, depending on the type of products or services you provide, you’ll likely need a project management tool (we’ve used many over the years, including TeamWork, and ZoHo (which has 40 modules), including projects, Billing, and accounting and a CRM. HubSpot is also a powerful CRM, as it Nutshell. 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 achieve 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.
Point of Sale. Before you can work remotely, you need to think through how and where you will get paid. To make this work you’ll need to set up a bank that has mobile banking. There are still companies out there that will pay you via check, and you’ll need a way to make those deposits. You can do so with two high-def smartphones, or a smartphone and a digital camera — one to display the check image, the other to take a photo of it using the mobile banking deposit tool. Secondly, before you head off the beach, set up a mail service that has the capability to receive mail, scan it, and provide you online access to it.