Working remotely during challenging times

As cases of COVID-19 continue to grow in the UK, it’s likely that more people than usual will be working from home. This remote workforce could get even larger if we follow in the footsteps of China and Italy, where many offices and public spaces have been shut down to slow the spread of the virus. For people who aren’t used to working outside the office it can take a while to get used to the new routine, so we’ve put together some suggestions for adaptations that can make everything run much more smoothly.

If possible, have a test run

Asking key staff members to trial working from home for one day will give you or your IT service provider time to iron out any issues that arise. It will be much easier to do this ahead of time, making the transition to home working much easier should it become compulsory.

Try to stay on top of your to-do lists

Don’t be tempted to put things off while working remotely, it is possible to do just about everything online. If you’ve scheduled one-on-ones, keep them. If you hold regular weekly meetings for each team within the organisation, continue to hold them, but do it online. If you need a five minute corridor chat to finalise an upcoming presentation, you can use the chat function on Teams.

Support the rest of your team

Supporting others is the best way to stay positive and energised. Check in with each other online or via calls throughout the day. Cheering each other up is not just good for maintaining morale, it also helps keep our team together when working apart.

Set your organisation up for success

Open the lines of communication between staff and customers and make sure the whole team stays briefed on the latest updates and information. Encourage everyone to continue working as normally as possible without postponing plans, so the whole business can continue moving forwards. Even larger scale meetings and events can be moved online if needs be, and it will be much easier to get back to normal later on if deadlines aren’t missed now.

The tool we use for most of our remote working at TiG is Microsoft Teams, which is included as standard within the Microsoft 365 bundle. To find out more about this take a look at the M20:20 page. We hope you have found these tips useful for making a smooth transition into remote working.

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