The Future of Work
There is little question that the remote-work movement has taken over. It is the future of work as we know it. Companies like Zoom blasted to popularity, even necessity, as companies suddenly found themselves unable to work from offices. Just as Zoom is not a new company, remote work is not a new movement in the working world. In fact, the remote-work movement has been around since the invention of the Internet, allowing us to connect with others. Over the past twenty years or so, and especially within the past decade, the remote-work movement has grown steadily. Now, it is the future of the entire working world.
As you begin to lead your team into the future of work, you want to make sure they are set up for success. There are several key components to working remotely that you may not have had to consider in the office environment. New personnel that will be needed, as well as some things that remote-based team leaders should consider when structuring the work schedule. We will discuss a couple of them in this article. Let’s get to it.
Hire Tech Professionals
A quick note on where to find new remote-based tech professionals that can keep your team’s software up and running and your data safe. Coding bootcamps are churning out a large number of well-trained and qualified programming professionals. These short-term programs teach coding skills to students in a few months of intensive work. Many coding bootcamps operate through remote means as well. So, by hiring a coding bootcamp grad, you will get a well-versed coding professional who is already accustomed to working remotely and getting coding projects done with little to no supervision.
Since the 1930s, most work has been completed inside an office. The cubicle was designed in the 1980s, doing away with the open desk space that had been the norm. So, compared to other periods in human history, the 9 to 5 office life has really not been around all that long.
One of the best things about working remotely is that it allows for flexibility. The status quo of working environments, and working hours, needed a revamping. The remote-work movement is that breath of fresh air.
The digital age built around the Internet has also helped aid the growing remote-work movement. Skilled mobile development professionals have engineered apps for our smartphones and tablets, so that remote-based teams have the tools they need to stay connected while enjoying the flexibility of not being chained to a desk.
Many workers have had to make sacrifices such as not being able to take their kids to school, and putting off necessary medical appointments because they didn’t have or couldn’t afford to take time off. The status quo working world that we had grown accustomed to was stifling at best, and as we have now come to realize—so much of the work completed in an office could easily be completed from home.
As you start to lead your team into the future of work, you should do your best to allow your team to have flexibility in their work schedule. If they need to see a doctor, or a dentist, or if their kids are sick, try to build a schedule that will allow for situations like these. You can do this by setting clear deadlines, and making sure that they understand the work required from them and when it needs to be completed by.
From there, let them manage themselves. So long as productivity remains strong—remote workers tend to be as high as 15 percent more productive—then entrust them with the responsibility to get the needed work completed on time.
The Right Software
Customer relationship management (CRM) programs are a great tool to help your team stay on task. Product management teams at companies like Trello, ClickUp and Bitrix 24 have engineered excellent software that makes sure remote-based teams are on the same page. Many also have built-in chat features to keep teams connected. These software programs have pricing plans that are sure to fit every type of budget. Some offer free plans for just a couple of users, as well as small business and enterprise-level plans for several or even unlimited users.
Your employees are adults after all. They should be able to be trusted to get their work done with little supervision. If a productivity problem does arise, then you can work with your team to make sure they understand what is required, and identify ways that they make sure the work is completed correctly and on time. The right CRM software for your team can help make this happen.
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This post has been sponsored by Career Karma. Career Karma is an app that helps people become software engineers by matching them to the right coding bootcamps and giving them support for the rest of their careers.