01 Sep - 31 Oct 2020
Complaints about stunted productivity are all too common during these times where many of us, accustomed to working in the office, are now required to do so from home. And if that wasn’t challenging enough, a large majority of us aren’t just working alone, but in teams. But when there’s a will, there’s a way; or in this case, many ways to overcome the physical distance between team members. Here are some ways to ensure remote teamwork will make your dream work.
Apps and tools for team optimization
Standardize your productivity tools of choice. Common options include Google apps such as Drive and Calendar, and Microsoft Teams. What’s great about both Google and Teams apps is that they are multi-functional and designed to facilitate team collaborations, providing essential features such as video conferencing, whiteboards for brainstorming and shared file storage. Then of course, there’s Zoom that rose to popularity when all of us were first made to stay home. More organizational tools to consider are Asana and Slack, which let you neatly categorize projects and tasks which can then be assigned to members with clear instructions and deadlines. These can be shared with not just your team, but external collaborators and clients as well. With these apps, communication is streamlined and made more transparent so everyone you’re liaising with can be on the same page without being in the same place.
Individual measures for staying alert
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Even with so many useful productivity programs to assist us, a huge aspect of successfully working remotely stems from self-management. Granted, it’s challenging to focus on your job when you’re at home because you’re conditioned to relax in that environment—and rightfully so. Here are some quick tips to help you work more efficiently!
Team measures for smooth sailing
When it comes to teamwork, communication and mutual understanding are major contributors to efficiency.
Now that we are in Phase 2, you can choose to meet in-person for work or catch up over a meal even if the office isn’t open yet, for that all-important, in-person interaction. Just don’t forget to adhere to the recommended safety guidelines!
Drawing the line between personal life and work
Set clear boundaries between what’s professional and personal. Adjusting to the new working culture isn’t the only concern on our minds, especially since our personal lives are affected as well. That’s why it’s crucial to make sure everyone’s on the same page with regards to any non-work routines or affairs that may have to take precedence over work related tasks. That way, your teammates will know how and when to cover for you, should you be unavailable at any given time. Remember that everyone needs some personal time to themselves and keep work-related conversations to designated work group chats or apps.
While it’s natural to feel daunted by the ongoing pandemic’s effect on the economy, take it in stride as a valuable learning experience. Individuals and businesses that emerge from these arduous times can expect to be better equipped to tackle future challenges.