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To Be Virtual Or Not To Be VirtualApril 23rd, 2015 by
Gone are the days of punching the clock from 9-5 as we welcome what seems to be the dawn of a new era, The Remote Work Force.
More and more companies are beginning to allow employees the choice of working remotely, whether it be for geographical reasons, to help a new mother be able to be home with her child, or just because the employee prefers it. This trend is on the rise and it shows no indication of slowing down.
But before an organization adopts a “work from home” policy, there are several ideas and suggestions to take into consideration to ensure a smooth transition and to maintain a well-communicated team.
1. Maintaining team camaraderie and psychological communication: making sure that your team is still able to communicate and give/receive feedback freely is going to be incredibly important, especially if your workplace is known for open communication and collaboration. Services such as Basecamp and Slack (we use both at GuildQuality) allow for teams to communicate similarly to how they would if everyone was in the office together, without the mess of long email strings. Read more here about how to keep your company’s culture remotely.
2. Keeping remote employees engaged and productive: working remotely may seem like the ideal situation but it is no easy feat, specifically for management. Ensuring that the team is staying engaged and productive can seem daunting for a manager who ultimately has to lead their team virtually. Read here to learn how one company kept their remote team energized and crushing to-do lists.
3. Bringing on new tools and services to maintain your virtual team: remote work teams cut down on in office costs but that doesn’t mean you won’t be investing elsewhere. In order to run a tight ship and ensure success for your team, new tools, software, and services should be researched to find out which ones will best support your new virtual team. Check out this list of best collaboration tools for today’s remote team.
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