Home Is Best: How To Organize A Remote Work For Your Business
2. Shift your team to remote work: what tools will be useful for work control
3. Serpstat experience in moving employees to remote work in a crisis
4. What experts think
5. Tips for remote workers: how to be effective at home
Why remote work is not a wrong choice. Pros and cons of working remotely
Remote work became quite a common practice, especially in IT area.This way of doing business has many strengths.
Let's look at the benefits:
How to shift your team to remote work: what tools will be useful for work control
Each sprint begins with a retrospective meeting, which summarizes the results of the previous sprint. The teams analyze successes and failures. Based on this experience, we plan new tasks.
Therefore, it's essential to have all the tools ready to assist remote workers before making the switch.
What services can be used to arrange online meetings:
Serpstat experience in moving employees to remote work in a crisis
But the crisis caused by the coronavirus forced us all to collect our stuff and settle in quarantine at home :)
It took Serpstat two days to transfer 600 people to full-time remote work. How did we do it?
What experts think
1) We have daily live stand up meetings
2) We're doing some remote team activities for team building like having a Secret Santa campaign
3) We have "remote buddies" where we partnered up each person with another for full weekly project chats.
Remote work can be isolating. In the office, people meet in corridors, chat at the coffeemaker, and say hello in the morning. Here's two ways to make remote work feel normal and keep people in good spirits.
Mark time for regular meetings. Not everyone is used to working from home. Regular, scheduled team meetings can help people structure their day or week. Meetings can also spark conversations about ideas or improvements that can improve productivity. And on the subject of encouraging chat...
Encourage socializing and virtual events. Watercooler chats are where people unwind and build better working relationships. A casual Slack channel for chitchat makes a great virtual watercooler alternative.
Share memes and jokes to keep spirits up. Start an email recommending movies to binge or workouts from home to get people talking.
Tips for remote workers: how to be effective at home
Organize a workplace and "go to work," even if this place is a meter far from your bed. Don't work from the bed or the sofa.
If you don't live alone, you need to coordinate work at home (with loved ones, relatives, friends, pets). Explain that your place of work is changing, but you still work, though, in different conditions. Everyone should understand that calling you to fix something during the day is a bad idea. But sometimes it helps take a different look at the task.
Don't hesitate if you have any problems with your work. The format of communication is changing (there is no access to personal/quick meetings/approvals), but you still need to find solutions quickly. Write immediately to the team manager or colleagues from other departments/teams.
Your phone should always be nearby. You need to turn on the vibrating alert or sound.
Use the rule of 10 messages: if a written discussion is longer than 10 messages, call online or by mobile, decide and fix the agreement with a follow-up.
Have breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the right time.
At lunch, it is advisable to relax and distract from work.
For especially social people, there are virtual offices; you can see all colleagues on a separate monitor.
Gymnastics. We strongly recommend doing exercise at least 2 times a day. If you don't want gymnastics - get busy with household tasks, any physical activity will benefit.
And remember - you don't work from home, you live at work :) Therefore, maintaining a balance turns into an excellent challenge, and the better you cope with it, the more chances you won't lose in productivity.
If you're looking what to read - we have something for you :)
- Smart workflow planning;
- Proper delegation of tasks;
- Effective use of technologies for tracking the work and for communication between teams;
- Creating a friendly environment in the company: organizing meetings and teambuildings.
I hope that this article will be helpful for you to learn how to manage a remote team most efficiently. If you have any questions or comments, please contact us!
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Thanks for such an interesting and detailed post. I'd like to add one more app to the 'Productivity' category here - TMetric time tracking app. This one is free and allows to accelerate productivity levels of you team easily due to broad features list. You can take a look :)