Remote work and Corona – here you can find out how we at Tech Industry benefit from our work model in times of Corona and how you can create optimal conditions for successful remote work.
The interest in remote work has probably never increased as strongly and rapidly as in the last few weeks (see the following figure). The reason for this: the spread of the novel coronavirus, which causes the lung disease COVID-19. Due to the health risk, many employers are forced to switch their work processes to remote work. Before the epidemic, according to research 12 percent of all employees in Worldwide work completely or partially in the home office. Theoretically, 40 percent of all workplaces would have been able to do the work from home before the Corona. Only a few companies in Worldwide exploited the possibilities and advantages of remote work and stuck to their conservative processes. Now many employers are forced to rethink their work processes and structures and create a solid basis for remote working as quickly as possible. Not a simple challenge for which many companies need a solution.
Ultimately, what can you do to maintain productivity and performance in your company? We have listed tips and tricks for you below.
What is the effect of the Corona crisis in the Tech Industry?
The ability to work regardless of location is deeply anchored in the Tech Industry concept and enables our international team to work together. As already described in our previous article on remote work in the Tech Industry, 30 percent of our work takes place remotely every month. We responded to the current situation caused by the corona epidemic at the beginning of March 2020 by completely relocating our work to the home office.
Since all work processes are already geared towards remote work, we were able to guarantee a seamless transition. Investing additional resources in converting remote processes was not necessary. We were also able to avoid negative effects on the productivity and well-being of our team.
What are our insider tips and best practices that we can give you on the “Corona work problem”? Read the requirements for optimal remote work in the following section.
Optimize remote processes, but how?
The switch to remote work took place in your company in a rush, so that you could only implement important remote processes sporadically? Many companies do not have the time to coordinate and integrate digital processes and tools for working from home. The problem is not with setting up the workstations for digital work from home, but with developing the necessary structure for communication and documentation. In addition to the basic equipment such as hardware and internet connection, there is a cloud-based system the main requirement for location-independent work. Employees need to be able to access documents from anywhere and communicate with their team. In the following we give useful tips on how you can optimize your remote processes with little effort.
How do I run my team from home?
Remote communication is essential for all work processes to function smoothly. Work instructions can no longer be communicated “in passing”. You have to change your habits and create clear processes. This is the only way to ensure clear communication and avoid costly mistakes in implementation.
The virtual support of teams requires a clear structure. Synchronous and regular conversations are decisive for success. This is the only way to create a dialogue that allows for further questions.
The status update is also crucial in remote communication. Short daily meetings are ideal for this, in which you can discuss daily tasks and blockers.
It is important to use Tools that enable chats, video calls, and screen sharing. It is also useful to leave a short note about your own availability, which can be noted as a status in the internal communication tool. So the whole team knows who can be reached and when. The integration of these measures enables solid team management, project planning and implementation.
The Slack tool offers corresponding functions for internal communication. You can read about other platforms we use for virtual work in a team and which are suitable for remote work in the blog article about remote work in the Tech Industry.
How do I create employee satisfaction during the Corona period?
The remote culture of the Tech Industry manages to structure the daily work in the home office and to handle projects smoothly. It is also seen as a preventive measure against disorientation and lack of motivation. Project-related but also personal meetings such as one-to-one discussions and digital coffee and lunch breaks counteract isolation. It is important to activate the camera here. Offer your employees an opportunity to meet virtually and experience their everyday office life virtually to a certain extent. Regular exchange creates additional motivation and satisfaction. Despite working from home, your employees feel involved in the company’s processes and better understand the contribution they make to the success of the project. These measures can be implemented with little effort, create motivation and orientation, as well as a feeling of normality and stability in this uncertain time.
Conclusion – see the situation as an opportunity
Ultimately, you should see the current situation as an opportunity. You now have the opportunity to adapt your company to a future-oriented way of working and to take advantage of flexible working time models – such as increasing employee performance and satisfaction. To achieve this, you have to define and integrate important structures in advance with which you can coordinate work processes, provide real-time feedback and share knowledge. For the Tech Industry team, the remote processes have proven themselves in the Corona crisis. The firmly anchored structures create a piece of normality and security and mitigate the cost-intensive consequences of Corona.
This great article is written by the expert marketing team of Folio3 woocommerce design agency USA.