To help you get into the swing of remote working, here are some of our top tips that cover everything from progress reports to virtual coffee breaks.
As the head honcho, you have a fair few people who come under your responsibility.
Depending on the size of your workforce, you can either oversee this entirely yourself or allocate communication champions.
For instance, one person in each department (not necessarily the manager) will ensure that their team is communicating effectively, both with fellow team members and the wider company.
When working from home, it can be easy to fall into the routine of not speaking to colleagues very often.
This is especially the case if your role comes with a fair amount of autonomy and you’re left to your tasks for hours or even days in a row.
Though a bit of solitude can be a good thing, it can also lead to lower levels of productivity due to the wider team not knowing your progress on certain projects.
To nip this problem in the bud, take ownership over your communication with co-workers and your line manager.
You don’t have to wait for a scheduled meeting to share ideas and insight, plus you may gain new information that proves advantageous to your working week.
Use project management software or an instant messaging app to touch base whenever the need arises.
Emails, video meetings, phone calls, instant messages, project management websites and everyday tools such as WhatsApp are used by companies in different ways.
As with everything in life, finding the right balance is key, as staff need to feel connected without being bombarded across multiple platforms.
Too many methods of communication can also prove overwhelming and stressful, so it’s a good idea to decide which platforms your company will use.
This might be a case of choosing certain methods in general or allocating particular ones to different types of communication.
For instance, Slack is a great platform that offers threads for different projects and conversations. Meanwhile, you might want to use a WhatsApp group chat for more casual banter that keeps staff connected, motivated and in high spirits.
Chances are that when all team members are in your commercial premises you spend time together away from your desks.
Common examples are having lunch in the staff room, commuting together, going for a drink after work and maybe even meeting up at the weekend to play football.
Working from home makes it far too easy to sacrifice the social aspect of a company’s culture, so put the effort in to keep everyone connected on a more relaxed and personal level.
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