As teams get used to working from home, new ways of working emerge to ensure people are not only working from home but also thriving in a new reality.
If your teams are kicking goals or just getting by, here are some tips to help you turn a corner or take your remote working experience to the next level.
Get over the separation of work and personal life.
First things first. It may seem like a given, but some organisations are still struggling with the intersection of work and personal life. Most people out there are sharing their workspaces with their partners, kids, family members, flatmates and pets. Cats and dogs will show up on screens as well as a screaming baby every now and then. Embrace humanity in your team, let go of the productivity paradigm and watch people bring their authentic selves to work. You can use this time to redefine your team values as you unlearn what used to be and welcome new ways of relating and connecting as a team. We promise your team will feel happier and more motivated to produce meaningful work.
Is one person online? So, the entire team should go online. It doesn’t matter if four people are in the office and two are working remotely. The experience of running a meeting or workshop using videoconferencing tools is vastly improved if all participants join the virtual session. Have you ever tried listening to a room full of people while you’re the only person working remotely? Yes, we get it. So, next time, give your virtual session a go with everyone online.
Visualise and get the work done
Visualising the work is key to any team in any organisation. Without seeing the work, it’s challenging for teams to collaborate and make great decisions effectively. We are big fans of physical walls full of post-it notes, and the good news is that there are great tools out there that can replicate the experience of work visibility online. Beware, a virtual wall won’t do the work for you. Create team rituals that will support communication to remove constraints and progress the work.
Finally, not everything requires a meeting.
This one is a corporate fallacy and one we enjoy busting. Most people are addicted to meetings and busy calendars. It’s part of our corporate programming that told us over and over again that being busy is a synonym to success. Part of this old way of thinking also enforces ‘being in control’.
It’s part of our corporate programming that told us over and over again that being busy is a synonym of success.
The more meetings we have, the more we can influence and control. So, what happens when your entire organisation is working from home? You book yourself in back to back meetings to counteract the anxiety of not being able to walk to someone’s desk and ask a question. It’s also a way to ensure everyone is doing what they’re meant to do. These paradigms explain our need to book meetings, and we’re not listing them all, but here’s a simple infographic to help you decide whether you need another meeting.