The lockdown might be easing off for many, but the global working-from-home reality is not something that will come to a close. So, the question remains – how can we make the remote-work experience productive and engaging for both employees and organisations?
Asana has launched a guide for managers titled ‘Managing Remote Teams’ to help effectively navigate this new reality. While remote work itself isn’t a new phenomenon—it’s today’s scale and ubiquity of it that is unprecedented. Asana’s Managing Remote Teams whitepaper provides business leaders with tips for gaining clarity on flexible working, on fostering a collaborative atmosphere, while also ensuring that colleagues feel valued and heard.
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Hints and tips for getting the most out of your teams
The Asana whitepaper offers these five solutions:
- Empower your co-workers.
- Make your team familiar with your tech stack.
- Use technology to drive focus and clarity.
- Be human – while maintaining connectivity on both the personal and a professional level.
- Communicate, communicate communicate. Even if sometimes it means sharing updates for small tiny details.
Asana’s global community head, Joshua Zerkel, meanwhile has three tips for working from home.
He suggests teams agree working hours and stick to them, as these can be broken more easily with household chores fitted around professional activities. Creating a fixed structure helps to keep employees accountable and means that they are more likely to have clearer boundaries between their work and home roles.
Zerkel also suggests that managers should remain flexible, while understanding that remote working isn’t for everyone. With technologies such as Asana, some of that friction between work at home and in the office can be removed.
Finally, he suggests keeping only important meetings in the diary, so that employees can still get their work done to deadline. He recommends workers block out sections of the day to complete tasks as an effective way of managing time.
The Asana whitepaper notes that remote working is forming part of the new reality that we’re all currently experiencing post-pandemic. Yet as businesses and technologies prove the success of working from home, it could be a trend that’s here to stay. The onus falls on managers to implement these strategies effectively so that they can be adopted company-wide and make the transition as smooth as possible. Managers should also be approachable to employees as they navigate this period of unexpected change.