Make it Work from Home - How to Work Remotely as a Team
We are without doubt living in unprecedented times. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced populations across the world to change how they interact with one and other and how they get about their daily lives. This includes their work-life.
Working from home (which now even has its very own acronym) has become common place for most businesses around the world. But this sudden and dramatic change has raised some questions as to how employees, and more specifically teams are expected to communicate with each other?
Well luckily for us we’re living in what is undoubtedly the best-connected decade of the 21stCentury and there is a ton of technology out there designed to keeping teams connected. So, before you start climbing the walls with panic and talking to inanimate objects for company, check out our guide on how to work remotely.
Step one: create a communication schedule
This is the first and most important step you and your team need to take to ensure a regular line of communication is in place. Social interaction and communication are great inducers of motivation for teams, so put a plan in place! Whether it is once a week or once a day, whatever suits you and your team best, regular communication is key.
Step two: establish multiple lines of communication
A common mishap of remote working is the lack of platforms used to communicate amongst teams. This can result in the delay of important information being shared, requests from the wider company not being met and a decrease in team motivation. It is always a good idea to have at least three lines if communication with your team open.
1. Line one should connect your team with the wider business, i.e. through the company email account.
2. Line two should provide a quick line of communication to your team members, this will help speed up the passing of information, tools such as Facebook Workplace or Slack are perfect for this.
3. Line three should be used to maintain motivation, this primarily replaces the missing social interaction and will keep team morale up. Visual platforms such as Zoom, Google Hangouts or Facetime are best for this function.
Step three: keeping it real
Just because you’re not physically in the same room as each other doesn’t mean that you should change the way you interact with one and other. Ignore the social barrier and embrace technology. The lines of communication discussed above are designed to ensure you stay connected with your team not just so that you can discuss work, but so that you can maintain the fun and informal social aspect of working within a close-knit team.
Step four: keep calm and carry on communicating
Maintaining regular lines of communication with your team will not only help maintain productivity; it will provide a healthy distraction from the current situation. Remember, you’re not alone and working as a team to support each other has never been more important than now.