For many, work and home have been the same – from tailoring to a shoemaker and the baker. Before the Industrial Revolution, factories frequently used factories to provide services. Then in the early 20th century, the availability of electricity and public transportation attracted workers to their offices. Now the plague has pushed us back.
This means that the current situation is not a “new norm” as it is. It’s a normal old thing coming back around.
And this new pace of remote work is nothing new. IBM, the first known adopter, installed remote terminals in workers’ homes in the 1980s. In 2009, 40% of IBM employees worldwide worked from home, highlighting the strong technical role.
Even before the epidemic broke out in 2020, long-distance operations were growing. The plague forced our hand, drove many from their workplaces, and locked the door behind them. We do not know what will happen next, but this excessive growth in homework may have a long-term effect. In the meantime, here are five tips to help your visual team on the road to real success.
1. Surround yourself with the right people
Let’s face it, working in a visual team isn’t everything. Just as some people grow up in an office environment, others will shine by working remotely. It is therefore important that if you are looking for a visible group, to include a group of people who fall into the latest camp or who can, at the very least, adapt to this unique style of operation. Members of the visual team need to have distinct communication skills, the ability to work independently, and technical skills.
As with any profession, humor is also important. Skyler Stein, President of Gladskin, a biotechnology-driven skincare brand, has not yet met all of his colleagues. In January again, thanks to COVID, we built our team without the ability to get more people in our team to meet more members of our team in person. In the absence of natural relationships that occur by sharing the same office every day, we have prioritized building our team culture over the past year by capturing moments where people share their personalities and how they can work better with them. In this way, everyone has a ‘cheat sheet’ on how to get along with everyone else in the group. It has been a very important part of building our team and something that we will continue with even if the epidemic is over. ”
2. Choose your technology wisely
There are dozens of remote work tools on the market, from Google and the Microsoft suite of tools to Slack, Zoom, and Skype. Virbela offers a fully immersed compass, complete with customized avatars. Smartsheet offers personalized but integrated workflow management. There are applications for time management, document sharing, project management, HR, meeting schedules. The list goes on.
It is important to remember that these are just tools – tools that enable the task. If your visual team is striving to use the tool, it may not be right for you. Once you have the technical balance, your visual team communication and workflow should be smooth and productive.
3. Use training
Coaching does not lose its importance because your team works at home. There are still working procedures that need to be learned and simplified, let alone technical. Given that the visible space of the team and down with local employment restrictions, training in cultural practice practices may also be required.
Remember also that people learn in different ways, but most learn best through collaboration and participation. Training should be in addition to a pre-recorded visual set with multiple-choice tests at the end. Collaboration and learning in groups, where possible, should be incorporated to facilitate the work of topics and begin the process of team building.
4. Create a visible group culture
Virtual groups need all the same things traditional groups do to perform well, including promotion, recognition, and reward. German utility company E. On it introduced a Buzz recognition system that promotes customized visuals with digital and physical thank you letter. It’s simple but effective, it increases staff motivation for people who feel important.
A team that builds trust, reduces conflict, promotes communication, and enhances cooperation is more likely to succeed. So, how can you do it? As well as providing communication channels, encourage collaboration on project projects. Bring in team-building activities, too – more and more options are emerging with increasing demand. Note this, however. Choose activities that will make your team happy rather than moan. I know of a group who were not very happy with the meeting for the zoom drink before Christmas, who was pleasantly surprised when a bottle of wine and a basket of local products arrived at each door on the day in question.
5. Be firm but flexible
Working in a visual team is not the same as working in an office, and it may not always be. One of the biggest benefits for employees is flexibility (and zero travel time). It is important to be aware of this and to maintain a flexible work environment. In the same way, the work needs to be done.
Establishing basic hours in conjunction with work planning can increase productivity. Important hours ensure that team members can contact and wait for feedback, even at various time zones, while work-specific production policies allow for individual flexibility in time management.