Where are you working right now? At home or in the office? Using your tablet, laptop, or PC? If most of your answers are centered around environments outside the office, you are one of the many who engage in ‘telecommuting,’ a rapidly growing trend in the modern workforce. But, like any new work practice, incorporating this new way of working into your regular routine requires discipline and diligence.
According to research from financial software company Intuit, nearly a quarter of U.S. workers work from home for at least a few hours each week. Nowadays, 67% of companies allow at least some employees to work from home occasionally, up from 50% in 2008, and 38% allow some workers to do so regularly, up from 23%, according to the Wall Street Journal. These and other organizations see telecommuting as a great way for employees to maintain a healthy work-life balance. But that flexibility can also create some new challenges. Below are five strategies for effective telecommuting:
Effective and Constant Communication:
From the beginning of telecommuting activities or also known as remote collaborative work, the team needs to maintain active, effective, and constant communication. This means not making assumptions and ensuring that the hours of connection are regular and, if possible, coincide with most of the team. Similarly, all team members should be aware of each other’s tasks and responsibilities, and a detailed plan should be established with goals, deadlines, and tools for measuring productivity and efficiency.
Become a Proactive Manager:
The manager or person in charge of leading the team must be the most proactive member and open to the changes demanded by the digital world. This person should be receptive and strive to mediate between different channels of participation, as well as establish parameters and policies of good work that are fair and balanced for the entire team, where everyone feels comfortable and proactive in finding effective solutions for the project.
Form a Proactive Team:
It’s not just about having a proactive leader; it’s also necessary for the other team members to have this characteristic, so that everything can run in the best harmony and the same interests and objectives are shared.
Measure Your Team’s Productivity:
From the beginning of the work, it is important to specify a plan, schedule, and measurement tools, where all team members are clear and agree on the methods to be used. This will prevent misunderstandings or confusion about the common interests and objectives of the project in the process.
In conclusion, as we navigate the landscape of remote work, the question of fantasy or reality becomes increasingly nuanced. Embracing the reality of telecommuting requires the right tools and support. That’s where Netquatro shines—a software company dedicated to empowering businesses to securely navigate remote work. With a suite of collaboration tools, robust security features, antivirus solutions, VPNs, and more, Netquatro is your partner in transforming remote work from a fantasy into a seamless reality. Explore the possibilities with Netquatro and unlock the full potential of remote collaboration with confidence