In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, many employers have gone from an in-office environment to one that is either 100% remote or a split of remote and in-office work. Cultivating and adapting to a remote working culture in a team that’s used to working in the same office takes an openness to adapt to change, setting up routines, and utilizing key tools.
Here are 8 tips to switch from an in-office culture to a (partly) remote-working one.
- Create team routines. Have regular check-ins. Whether that’s a weekly all team meeting, a morning stand-up with a specific project team, or 1:1’s; keep in contact, make sure everyone has clear direction, and continue to build team relationships.
- Use your chat and video tools. Back to point #1, utilize your chat and video options to have that constant interaction and face time. You don’t have the option for a quick convo in the breakroom with your co-worker, so send a chat, work-related or not. Communicate, communicate, communicate.
- Turn your video on during your meetings. Believe it or not, your co-workers want to see your face! Teachers are making this a requirement during remote learning. Consider implementing a “video on” default for your team meetings.
- Create a comfortable home office environment. Make sure your home office feels like a real office so you can minimize distractions and concentrate on the tasks at hand.
- Get a headset. Not only does this help minimize background noise, it allows your co-workers to hear you clearly.
- Get outside, get exercise. Make sure to get your body moving. Take 30 minutes at lunch or a 10 minute break to get up, go for a walk, or just move around and keep your body awake.
- Keep desk space in the office for your remote workers. This will help them feel welcome when they come into the office. Meeting face-to-face with your co-workers is important for productivity as well as team bonding.
- Keep a positive attitude. Always. Negativity can sabotage success. Change can be difficult but keeping an open mind and a positive attitude goes a long way.
Maintaining good habits can help ease the transition from an in-office culture to a partly remote-working culture, as well as contribute to keeping remote workers on track and camaraderie among team members.
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