Maybe We Really Can Work from Anywhere
Working from home has presented challenges to us, yet it has also shown that many employees really can be productive from anywhere...at home, across the country, and on the other side of the world.
Listen to the podcast interview below for many tools and tricks to use now and in the future. Here were my takeaways:
Set Detailed Expectations Then Get out of the Way: Take time to lay out what success and failure looks like. And the more detailed the better. Define the objectives and the results expected with your entire team, and don't forget a timeline! Then get out of the way! Do whatever you can to help them succeed by providing them the tools they need and remove any obstacles that impede success.
Set Team Agreements by Answering These Questions: What kinds of information do we need to share? What is the best way for all of us to communicate? What tools and processes are we going to use to collaborate? These are norms that should be set up regardless of whether you're working remotely or right next to each other.
Put Feedback Loops Into Place and Don’t Forget to Listen: Allow time to get retrospectives from team members. What worked? What didn’t? Create opportunities to bring up the little things that help the team work better. Celebrate your successes and reflect on your failures. Even blow off a little steam. The key is making sure you listen and act on your team members' ideas.
This blog was inspired by Lisette Sutherland, author of Work Together Anywhere: A Handbook on Working Remotely - Successfully - for Individuals, Teams and Managers. I found Lisette on the podcast How to Be Awesome at Your Job. Here is her COVID 19 page on her website Collaboration Super Powers
Definitely worth the 45 minutes, so listen to it on your next walk! These are strategies you can use now and in the future.