It has been over a year since the pandemic hit us hard and changed almost every aspect of our lives, including the work culture. The previously considered not-so-pleasing way of working from home is now the preferred way of working for most employees, organizations, and freelancers.
Humans witnessed a complete turnaround in all aspects of life due to COVID-19. We have begun interpreting and understanding things from a very perceptive point of view. As the world went for a complete lockdown from the start of 2020, we were overburdened with new and complicated challenges to be faced following the pandemic.
Working remotely is a very common solution nowadays. From the point of view of employees, it is undoubtedly time-saving and more comfortable. “Commuting” to work takes them seconds, not hours spent in traffic jams. They can choose whether they work in the office or if the bed becomes their command center. There is no dress-code (unless they have an online business meeting), and they can get up shortly before starting work. No makeup, no ironing clothes, nor running for the bus, just staying in their own home. What’s not to like about that?
Nearly half of all projects take longer than expected. You know why? Poor scheduling. Not just that, but a quarter of all projects fail because task timings were estimated incorrectly. The problem is that, not only is it difficult to create an accurate schedule, it’s even harder when your team is remote.
We all grow up in a hustling-bustling life. From school to college, and from family to friends, spending half your day out and about in pursuit of acquiring a certain goal is not a routine but a complete lifestyle. So, when it comes to remote work, some of us start to panic, especially those who have already spent a huge part of their work-life committed to in-house roles.
The business sector is going through some strange times right now, and it’s safe to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought some unique challenges to the modern workforce. Of course, it is again up to the entrepreneurs and the managers to overcome these trials and enable their teams and companies to actually thrive in the face of adversity. Not only does this mean that entrepreneurs should refine and learn new skills, but it also means that you need to adopt the right technologies to help your remote employees thrive.
As the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic escalated, so did the need for remote work across industries. The stats are interesting, to say the least. 91% of Asia Pacific teams have already implemented some form of remote teamwork. 88% of organizations have required or encouraged their workers to complete their tasks from home.
We throw around the word “productivity” a lot. Being more productive seems to be a New Year’s resolution for at least half the population! Did you know that your environment, work conditions, and even your working culture can all impact productivity negatively or positively? There are so many factors that play into what makes you productive or unproductive in a day, but when you average it out you’ll find a few surprising things that play a consistent part.
Remote teams working together in harmony achieve great goals. At some point, in order to assess how the team’s doing, team leaders and managers have to evaluate their performance against the team goals. How is it possible to evaluate a team without any in-person interaction? Managing a remote team is hard, and so is evaluating the work.
Managing a team that is not geographically in the same area presents different problems than regular team management. In the technology era and precisely the efficiency of telecommunication, businesses in a variety of industries have embraced remote work. There are different amalgamations of remote work. It can range from having workers only work in the main office a couple of times a week to completing all work, never entering the primary office.