Collaborating while remote has become one of today’s biggest challenges across companies that are used to being able to huddle around a conference room table and knock out any miscommunications, bottlenecks, or course corrections. We are continuously adapting to a new norm that has brought remote start, permanent remote, and voluntary remote to the forefront of hiring opportunities. How will we set expectations? Will we be able to produce the same quality of work? How can we ensure the confidentiality of assignments aren’t compromised? These are all questions being asked not only across the country but around the world. Take a look at the three tips below to adjust your company’s continued social distancing strategy for maximum productivity without losing sight of your company culture.
When working from home and practicing physical distancing in the office, innovation and technology have become our new best friends. Microsoft Teams, Slack, Zoom, and Skype for Business were swiftly applied to replace team face time, as all are excellent platforms for streamlining communication for the greater benefit of productivity. If demands for cloud services weren’t already increasing, the collaboration and accessibility of knowledge bases, training, and workflow plans from shared drives are more critical than ever.
Communication styles originally developed within in-person relationships also encountered unexpected changes, which may have caused bumps in the road. Instructions or guidelines now require more elaboration and clarification than before. Choosing the appropriate communication channel is important as well. Is a temporary policy change adequately addressed in a Slack channel, or should it be reiterated in an email or intranet newsletter? If you are not already leaning on your marketing communication leaders for internal communication guidance, now would be a great time to tap into their expertise. Ask for feedback. Was the communication received loud and clear? Were the expectations you tried to convey the same as what was received on the other end? Have checkpoints, particularly with new employees to review expectations where they are being met/exceeded and where there needs to be improvement.
Transitioning your unique company culture and connectivity from in-office to virtual environments involves a twist of creativity. Strengthen emotional connectivity by upholding company traditions of monthly happy hours, birthday celebrations, employee anniversaries, etc. with virtual celebrations or surprise gifts in the mail. With all the change currently happening in the world it is increasingly important to foster and support your work family. Celebrating personal and professional milestones is more important than ever to promote inclusion and team cohesiveness.
As we continue to pivot our individual remote operations styles, it’s increasingly important to listen to the pain points of employees. Ensure they have all the tools they need to succeed and offer assistance or guidance in any areas that they are finding difficulty. To hear more about how to maintain and achieve remote success in the workplace reach out to ggLocators today!