Collaboration and Remote Teams: Everything You Need to Know
With the recent technological advancements, professional teams are able to grow in more ways than ever before, including how and where employees report to work. Whether your company has gone fully-remote or is just beginning to offer flexible work locations to its team members, it is important to consider how it may impact the way everyone is able to collaborate. Our team has insights that can help boost productivity among all team members, regardless of where their office may be! Check out these tips to keep your remote team members engaged and inspired.
- Practice Makes Perfect: We’ve all been there – it’s meeting time and none of the technology needed to facilitate the gathering seems to work correctly. Whether you’re an expert or beginner, be sure to practice using the technology so you’re ready to troubleshoot any potential hiccups. We suggest reserving your space ten minutes early for a tech-check; ensure participants understand how to operate the audio and visual aspects of the software or applications you’re using to bring everyone together.
- Keep it Simple: As the old adage says, “Sometimes less is more.” It may be tempting to pile task management and collaboration applications onto your employees in an effort to help them maximize their effectiveness. However, managing and functioning within multiple platforms may be a source of fatigue to employees, especially those who are based remotely and rely on these applications to ensure their time and energy are going to the most important tasks. Ease in to new software and regularly ask for feedback - don’t be afraid to change if things aren’t working.
- Have Fun: Each team is different. Some remote-based employees may prefer to have a consistent stream of phone calls and Skype messages to feel engaged and involved with their colleagues, while others may only meet once per week to check in. As a leader, it can be challenging to not be able to easily access and interact with your employees, but rest assured you and your employees will be able to adjust and adapt over time. The best advice we can give you in the meantime? Trust your employees and ensure you are giving them the resources, tools, and support they need to succeed.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can partner with you to offer custom solutions designed for your employees, no matter where their office is located. Our team of experts are eager to share their knowledge in using technology for a more efficient and collaborative workspace!