Remote work has become very common. Use these 7 tips to keep your workers productive, engaged, collaborating, and communicating.
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A lot of great ideas and synergy come from in-person meetings. In an office, a lot of impromptu meetings happen, too, stimulating ideas and solving problems. These impromptu meetings might not seem like meetings, but if you get up and talk to a coworker about a business challenge or activity, it is — even if it’s at the water cooler.
You want to keep these impromptu meetings happening. They won’t happen the same way as they do in the office, but by encouraging and making it simple for employees to connect, you can still get many of the benefits of those in-office impromptus.
When you and your team are working remotely, make sure to meet regularly. And keep the possibility open for people to reach each other at any time. To do this, you’ll want to set some basic ground rules for engagement such as:
A text or call via smartphone can work. But you lose some of that synergy that comes from seeing your coworker.
Fortunately, there’s plenty of scalable and flexible technology you can use to connect your teams to meet when they need to, even impromptu. Before you do start using one, consider a few questions:
Using a technology like Skype for Business — which enables everyone to see who is busy, who is available, and who is do-not-disturb — can go a long way to help make remote work both productive and collaborative.
In an office, you can observe how people work. They can share challenges they’re facing, especially if something in any given moment created frustration. These opportunities don’t always exist in the same way with remote workers.
So, you must create the opportunities. Schedule time at least once a month to talk with remote workers to:
Of course, even with remote work, you want your workers to feel they can approach you at any time with urgent concerns or needs that arise.
There are so many technologies today and, with smartphones and home assistants, most people are plugged into the latest technology. While your employees may be more familiar with personal tech, their insight might point you in the direction of business solutions that can drive greater efficiencies. To know, you just need to ask.