Although working remote has been around for quite some time, most of society was – and still is not – all that used to what this really meant. With the handful of the world working remote, challenges have surfaced more than they used prior to the pandemic. It is important to acknowledge challenges that we could be facing while being away from the office because it is how companies can overcome them together instead of dealing with it alone.
Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic informs readers that those challenges consist of loneliness, stress, anxiety, and not having a substitute for face-to-face interaction. If not experiencing all four of these qualities, employers and employees must have at least experienced one of these challenges. Its hard to not have human interaction on a weekly basis.
David McGeough enlightens us on a secret to fix those challenges mentioned above: culture. He states, “Culture is ultimately created by people, not a place, so you need to encourage communication and collaboration as much as possible in a remote team. It’s important to keep in regular contact with your employees and get to know them as individuals, ensuring that there are no gaps in your communication” (McGeough). Being apart from your colleges for a long period of time is not the common way to work, so it is important to continue to strengthen communication along with keeping culture alive while being apart.
Here are four strategies to improve your long-term remote work:
- Remote Access
- Project Management and To-Do List
- Data Driven Performance Management
We are all navigation the difficulties that remote work entails, but at the end of the day, companies and their employees are doing the best that they can to adapt.