This is a guest post from Julia Samoilenko, a marketing specialist who writes about digital marketing trends and strategies for the Chanty blog. This powerful and free Slack alternative is aimed to increase team productivity and improve communication at work. Feel free to connect with Julia on LinkedIn.
Many of us like the idea of working remotely (especially if we have never experienced it). Out of bed and —Voila!— you are ready for work. No commuting, no noisy colleagues. Top level of independence and flexibility.
But what is remote work really like in practice? One day here at Chanty we had to answer this question and discovered what new benefits and challenges teams face when transitioning to remote-only mode.
Spoiler: there were many productivity pitfalls on the road to beneficial collaboration. It turns out that being an efficient remote worker is quite challenging. And that it’s twice as tough to manage a high-performing virtual team.
If you want to adapt to remote working best practices and maximize the benefits, then you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to reveal the ugly truth and teach you everything we’ve learned about a successful transition to remote work. After reading our ‘confession’, you’ll understand the challenges and methods on how to overcome them.
In this Process Street article, we’ll be covering:
Let’s dive right in!
There is an ocean of large and small companies with remote employees. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this figure rose incredibly over the last few months. During especially dark days of our adaptation to the remote mode, we looked at the companies that had a successful transition to remote work to not give up.
For instance, Twitter went remote and covered everything from desks to printers that their employees needed during the home office setup, including video conferencing services and project management software. Facebook says that any employee who can do their work from home may continue to do so until year-end.
Google employees will probably continue to work remotely through the rest of this year. Zillow employees can work from home until the end of the year too.
Being in the same boat, we decided to keep up with our tech colleagues and developed our own strategy of a seamless transition to productive remote work.
Here it is!
Ensure everyone has needed tools under their belt
Team communication, productivity, and collaboration mainly start from home ‘office’ space. Investments in effective working space could increase productivity by up to 64 percent. Considering that, we ensured that every one of us had a perfectly organized workstation, from drawer organizers to desks and computers when transitioning to remote work.
Think about security
If your team members use their own laptop to connect to your system remotely, make sure that the devices they use are secure enough.
How? First, help your employees install endpoint protection software (basic antivirus software and firewalls).
Next, enforce password management: ensure that your teammates are using strong passwords for accessing your network and software platforms. If you want to share some account and login credentials, use a password manager application so the entire team can have access to specific websites.
What’s more, emails should be encrypted. Then, remote desktops should be accessed via a Virtual Private Network (VPN). So, provideContinue reading