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Remote Is the Future. Is Your Digital Office Ready?

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  • Tip Bones

We live in an era where remote work has become the norm. The inclusion of remote opportunities throughout the hiring process signifies the importance and sudden need for companies to function. Although it is promising that remote work is the future, it has its challenges when it comes to project management, team collaboration, and, most importantly, transparent communication. These challenges can be addressed by using the right strategies to help teams establish seamless remote work processes.

Clear communication is a vital characteristic in any company regardless of size. It is the foundation of success. No matter how remote the job is, the dialogue, interaction, and collaboration among team members would still be just as significant. While maintaining effective communication has already proven to be a difficult task, remoteness makes it even harder since employees live in different locations and time zones. Thankfully, there are many tools out there that provide employees with platforms to allow collaboration and participation in real-time conversations. Although it cannot replace the benefits of direct interaction through in-person encounters, it certainly improves the quality of remote work.

Remote work is in high demand by prospective employees, but there are still many companies that are hesitant to shift to this new process. The idea of an employee completing tasks at a chic hotel in Bali does not fully resonate with the organization. The main concern by companies stands: “How can I know if our remote employees are actively and efficiently working?” Project management tools help them answer this question by defining objectives for employees. By creating milestones that provide context for day-to-day tasks, achievable goals can be set and keep expectations aligned among team members. Managers can hold remote employees accountable through these tasks and feel more comfortable trusting the process.

When working remotely, it is easy to get distracted by the plethora of innovative tools at our disposal. Purchasing separate tools to share files, give feedback, or assign tasks doesn’t necessarily improve the work quality nor help manage projects more effectively. In fact, it makes remote workers juggle between tasks and get lost in documents. Plus, paying for different tools can be costly. Instead of jumping back and forth between instruments, centralizing a magnitude of workflow assets through fewer tools can help companies scale and establish a seamless remote workflow.

Automation makes it perfect. “Who is working on what?” and “Where do we stand in our project?” are the bottleneck questions of any job. It becomes even more time consuming when the position is remote. Using tools to provide automated, real-time progress tracking across all projects and teammate workloads ensures operational clarity especially when it comes to remote positions.

Remote is dramatically shifting the job market, and there is a definite transition. As every change has its obstacles, project management and collaborating effectively are the prominent challenges in a remote ecosystem. Finding the right tools to bridge project management and team collaboration, plan projects, work with external stakeholders, and automate progress reporting with ease will make any company with remote employees a winner. If done correctly, remote work can produce not only quality-driven results but also happier employees.