Employees worldwide face a new challenge due to the Covid-19 outbreak that has led to a worldwide experiment in remote working. Remote working is not a new trend.
Remote work became popular in the 1990’s to help working mothers avoid commuting to the office. Nowadays, due to technological advancements that broaden the pool of jobs that support the ability of working from home, remote work has risen in popularity.
Digital communication and collaboration tools enable staff to accomplish their tasks and projects outside of their physical office. The problem is that the pandemic forced most businesses to adopt remote working on a broader scale.
Business owners should reconstruct their strategies and their marketing plan to ensure they will continue to have a profitable future.
Working from home offers a variety of benefits, both for staff and employers. Greater flexibility, higher staff retention, reduced commuting and even increased productivity are some of them. As far it concerns business owners, the reduction in office costs, and the space needed for the employees are reasons for a company to choose remote working in the long run.
The transition is not always easy, so organizations should focus on creating an efficient remote working strategy and prepare the right tools and processes. Businesses have to provide all the necessary tools to the employees, including access to collaboration tools.
Managers have the opportunity to organize their strategies and share their vision with their team with the help of technology. They have to inspire and motivate them to create the best customer experience possible then.
All the employees must have the correct equipment to carry out their job, too. Collaboration software, video conferencing, and presentation solutions are key factors that will improve the team’s experience.
Being able to message, call, and video chat to engage with their peers and company leaders meaningfully.
When managing a virtual team, understanding, listening, and coaching are remaining the core values. However, when dealing with a distributed team, there are some modifications.
As a leader, you have to understand the needs and schedules of each of your remote employees and be adaptable. This will result in a healthier work-life balance and higher satisfaction at work.
Always schedule time with the team for less formal meetings. Try to develop personal relationships and create stronger work bonds that will result in more satisfied employees.
Finally, schedule meetings now and then, learn about their goals and create their growth strategy. This is essential for every employee to understand that their manager care about them. It’s the secret ingredient to an increased productivity and a strong culture within the company.
To sum up, remote working is an excellent alternative for both employees and employers. Yes, there must be adaptations to create strong virtual teams; however, if both parts agree on the kind of communication, the productivity, and the transparency of work, the sky is the limit, and the return on investment is enormous.
What will the future of remote work look like after Coronavirus? Will companies go back to that traditional way of working and require physical presence, or is the pandemic the condition that finally convinces employers that flexible work is the way to go for?
Alex Souchoroukof is a content writer at Moosend. Coming from an architecture background, he took a leap of faith in the digital marketing world and has never looked back. In his free time, you will find him taking photos in places around the world. Find out more on LinkedIn.