It’s no longer required for all employees to work out of the same work due to technological advancements. 37% of workers have telecommuted, and the majority of these people say they are equally as productive as regular workers, according to a 2015 Gallup survey. However, there is a chance that business cohesiveness and culture will suffer with a decrease in face-to-face time with employees. Ten members of the Forbes Agency Council discuss how businesses may stay together and effectively communicate while allowing employees to work remotely in the sections below.
Allow Structured Team Time To Coexist With Freedom To Thrive
Workflows should be structured when employees work remotely (whether all of the time or the majority of the time). There is time for collaboration among various workflows when the flexibility of remote work is balanced with regular check-ins or group brainstorming sessions. Unity is about feeling connected, and regular gatherings allow for this to happen. from Rebekah Iliff of AirPR
Make Use Of Your Communication Resources
If communication tools aren’t used, used correctly, and used frequently, they won’t make an impact at all. Don’t let your team get disjointed if you want to keep it together. Make time for life, laughs, and small conversation. Your sense of team unity will start to erode if you exclusively discuss tasks or work, and conversation may suddenly become chilly. Bull & Beard’s Robby Berthume
Emphasis on values
According to studies, your most valuable workers not only excel at what they do but also fit in well with your company’s culture. It’s crucial to know the values of the people you hire as employees and contractors and to share your own. You’re already one step closer to being a “unified company” if your interests and values coincide. In other words, teaching talents is simpler than teaching values. Twistlab Marketing’s Ahmad Kareh
Plan enjoyable activities
Employees that work remotely are present in my office, and we make a point of bringing them all in at the same time each day of the year to preserve our sense of cohesion. We make use of that time to do as many projects as we can, but we also make sure to schedule a pleasant activity so that we can maintain our relationships while being productive. -Leila Lewis of Be Inspired PR
The adoption of the agile methodology has changed how we operate. Our team structure is even more solidified, and productivity has grown.
We hold daily standup meetings where we discuss our daily objectives and roadblocks, and we operate in weekly “sprints” where the workflow of the entire agency is organized as a single objective. Additionally, we collaborate in GoogleDocs and use Slack to interact on a daily basis. SPROUT Content, Debbie Williams
Develop Your Cultural Identity
Work to provide a variety of cultural experiences that provide each employee with a point of connection to the business outside of the work itself. Your efforts outside of your regular work might deepen relationships between employees and your organization. the contest for slow cookers. the soccer pool. the barbecue. The volunteer event. Nothing creates unity like just being together. – Randy Hughes, Carmichael Lynch
Put Communication And Purpose First
Half of our team members work locally for our organization, and the other half work remotely. Two things are crucial for our remote team members: First, we must establish everyone’s goals. If everyone is aware of their objectives and motivations, they will normally love their work. Second, we must communicate constantly. On a weekly, if not daily, basis, we hold regular meetings with our remote workers. – Peter Boyd, PaperStreet Website Design
Real human interaction cannot be substituted
Since Elicit is entirely virtual, there are no physical headquarters where the team may be gathered. Due to the nature of our business, we have grown accustomed to using remote collaboration technologies like Slack and GoToMeeting, but we’ve lately discovered that video conferencing is a particularly effective method to collaborate. True human interaction cannot be replaced, though. Mason Thelen, from Elicit
Put communication first
The key to effective communication is realizing its importance and seizing every chance to connect, meet, and communicate. Our aim as Social Native is based on a sense of community. We have cameras in every office (face time, whether digital or physical, is important), quarterly corporate retreats, and of course Slack for all updates, no matter how minor or huge, in real-time, to keep our remote staff engaged. – Social Native David Shadpour
Treat remote employees equally
We at Icehrm are open to the idea of employees working from home. However, it quickly gave rise to an attitude of “us versus them,” when local personnel was regarded as superior to remote ones. I’ve made it obvious that corporate fit is completely determined by an individual’s contribution to the organization in order to prevent this type of thinking from persisting.
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