One of the keys to successfully implementing remote working capabilities into an organization is to simplify.
For us, simplification means creating a system that makes it easy to understand what we’re trying to accomplish and how.
This is the basic premise of the system we use:
Remote work is a function of communication and collaboration.
The more asynchronous these are, the more effective your remote collaboration.
Synchronous communication should be limited, focused, and actionable.
The best communication and collaboration come from clear and flexible processes.
And that’s basically it. If you can master these simple concepts, you can build a remote workforce that is more productive, more engaged, and more aligned with your objectives as a business.
If there is one best concept of these to master, I it would be asynchronous. The challenge when moving to remote work is that all of the flaws in your communication and collaboration get maginified.
If you rely on meetings to make decisions and to keep track of what is being worked on and by whom, you will never succeed in going remote. You are trying to replicate a completely different model of work.
Remote work is different. You can think about it as a network of individual service providers that need to help each other and share work products. This may seem dehumanizing but it is actually the opposite.
By focusing on each individual in your organization, specifically how they help and get helped by their team, you help everyone to succeed.
Roles get more clearly defined. Objectives get linked to job performance.
The key to allowing someone to work most effectively is to allow them to contribute when and how it best suits them. Many people can only produce very high quality work when we have uninterrupted work hours (myself included). Often, the synchronous work you rely on now is just getting in the way.
Not to mention removing a commute and the stress of office face time drastically increases employee satisfaction.
If you can master asynchronous work, you can make remote work for you.
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