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It was 2012 and I had just been hired as a project manager for a Fortune 500 company. I received a "warning" from my project managers about certain things that we did not mention to corporate staff. Most importantly, discuss that you worked from home.
Headquarters employees treated you differently because they were unaware of the commitment and commitment to “work from home”. Many people have misconceptions about working from home and many don't even believe that it is a "real job". You think that you wake up in the morning and roll out of bed to your computer in your pajamas … oh, wait, I do!
But seriously, thanks to Covid-19, we've now seen companies rely on remote teams to keep their doors open, legitimizing the “work-from-home” position.
In the past few years, I've made the world my office. I am an avid traveler and have had the privilege of taking my family with me. This enabled me to run a successful business while sharing many stages around the world with some of the most incredible people in the world.
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The future of the workplace is far
You could say, “Oh, remote work is not for me” or, “I've tried. it just didn't work. " I get it. I've found that working remotely is much more difficult for the average person. Here are some of the reasons why:
You don't get this “energy” when you go to the office with your colleagues. You can't have this fun lunch conversation with your team. You have to fight with yourself about priorities and deadlines. No company parties, no birthday parties with your employees and no laughing rumors. Dealing with the distractions that come with working at home, such as children, noise, and pets. Try to explain what you are doing to your family and friends.
But now, due to the pandemic, people have finally committed to remote working, even if not everyone likes it. Entrepreneurs are now seeing the benefits of creating remote positions in their company that allow flexibility and "future proofing" for their businesses from future disasters that could shut their doors.
Successful remote work requires two things: the ability to work from anywhere and with technology. Both aspects are critical to building effective remote teams.
Read this question slowly and carefully: What are your company's limitations that prevent you from operating remotely? When I ask my clients about this, the answer is usually the same, "I don't have time to train anyone on this." That really means you don't have a documented process and clear directions for key parts of It's time for you to do that Eliminating the stigma of remote working with two important things: documenting processes and a communication plan.
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Make your priorities clear and document them
At least 70% of your company should have a system in place. You cannot create a 100% systematized business because, for example, you cannot make business decisions. A checklist for your basic business functions is a good place to start.
If you were one of those people who think, "I don't have time to take my time. How can I document my processes?" You may have a priority problem. You can overcome this by using what is known as the 90/10 rule This basically means making a list of your tasks and starting with the most important ones. When you write down a list of 10 things to do, there is usually one item on that list that is more important than all nine of the others put together Most of them are busy kicking the rocks under their feet instead of pushing the boulder that will change everything.
Ask yourself, "What are some of the things you do in your company that you know you shouldn't be doing?"
Think about the activities.
Write them down.
Make a note of this so that you can document the process.
It's almost like Alcoholics Anonymous' first step in solving the problem: realizing that you have a problem.
The "Remote Team Communication" plan
Once you've documented your processes, it's time to delegate them to your remote team. Without a communication plan, this can be a nightmare. Make sure you set up a remote team communication plan so your team is effective and at the highest level.
Here are some important considerations to keep in mind:
Define your instant communication platform. Instant messaging – whether through Slack, Discord, Microsoft Teams, and so on – allows you to send a message to your remote work team members, especially with concerns that require immediate responses.
Schedule scheduled meetings. Daily, weekly, or bi-weekly meetings with your remote team build bonds and accountability. With technology, it is possible to set up scheduled group and one-to-one meetings. You don't want your remote work team members to feel forgotten or to think that everything is going to be fine when it doesn't.
Send email or not? In a wired article, Will Schwalbe, co-author of Sending: Why People Email So Badly, and How To Do Better, suggests that every workspace should have an email policy, with training on how to behave Use of email.
You may want to consider who can access your email when needed. For example, my assistant wakes up an hour earlier than me to check all the emails I receive. She delegates some of the email to remote team members. Instead of me giving instructions, she does it on my behalf. What I have left is the emails that really need my decision before they are forwarded to the right person on the remote team.
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This is a great time to build and manage a business that you can take anywhere, assemble the best remote team, and experience the life you have dreamed of.
Remote work is no longer part of the future. is that now. The stigma that plagued the work-from-home culture has been removed. The next time a pandemic hits, successful entrepreneurs will future proof their business by having remote teams that can continue to work from the comfort of their homes.