DD #64 – Recipe for Remote Success
Recipe for Remote Success
Welcome to Edition #64 of the Digital Directive. How’d the first week of the quarter pan out for you?
Hopefully, it was a great one, and with that, this week we’re discussing the recipe for remote team success and the ingredients you need to bake together.
The Current Workplace Climate
Although WFH (work from home) was pushed into action by the pandemic over 3 years ago, the desire from the workforce has remained, requiring companies to constantly evaluate their remote or hybrid work policies.
It’s important to understand the full picture and set the stage with a couple of statistics that easily illustrate the current work climate.
- 12.7% of full-time employees work from home as of 2023
- 28.2% work a hybrid model as of 2023
- 32.6 million Americans will work remote by 2025
- 98% of workers want to work remote at least some of the time
- 16% of companies operate fully remote
- 69% of remote workers report increased burnout from digital tools
- 60% of companies use software to monitor remote employees
- 73% of executives believe remote workers pose a greater security risk
Now that we understand a little bit more about the landscape, it’s safe to say remote work isn’t going anywhere, so let’s explore ways to mitigate the cons and elevate the pros of remote work with monday.
Manage Your Remote Workforce
To properly manage your remote workforce, you need standard operating procedures (SOPs) in place that guide your staff through their work. At CarbonWeb, we call this your “workflow,” but it’s important you take the time to plan this out from start to finish.
Nobody likes a micro-manager, but everybody wants help managing their workday. Sure, you could join the 60% of companies that have already implemented software to monitor remote workers, but that’s just another monthly cost you’ll have to add, plus now your staff is operating under the feeling of being “watched” all day.
In the meantime, if you need a structured way to manage your team’s daily tasks workload, track projects, and get on the path to well-structured workflows, the CarbonTO-DO Suite is a 100% free task management workflow available to all on the app marketplace.
It’s essential to have ways to track and manage your remote staff’s work without making them feel micro-managed, and the TO-DO Suite is a perfect stepping stone.
Enable Your Remote Workforce
The best thing you can do with a remote workforce is plan ahead. Be sure to consider the resources a team member is missing by not being in the office and ways you can fill those gaps or provide equivalent resources and tools.
A standout metric was the burnout reported by remote employees, although this is inevitable, setting communication channels up the right way can alleviate some of this. You can easily integrate platforms like Slack into monday, so you aren’t constantly tab-switching, and integrate Zoom to create meetings so you don’t have to automatically.
Email is a big one, and with monday’s Emails & Activities, it gets even easier. You can manage Gmail or Outlook emails entirely within monday, so you never have to leave!
Another big part of monday is Updates, which enables quick, productive communication related directly to a specific task or project. If your teams aren’t using updates consistently, enforcing the use of them could drastically improve internal alignment.
Training Guides & Knowledge Centers
A big part of any company’s success is ensuring its workforce is adequately educated on the company mission and culture as well as properly trained on products or services.
Through the use of monday docs and boards, you can create abundant resources to ensure your team has everything they need to succeed. We recommend always using a top-level board as your library of resources to make accessing knowledge as easy as can be.
Piggy-backing off training guides, centralizing and optimizing the organization of all documents, assets, and other files, is essential to empowering your remote teams. Sales teams need access to one-pagers, sales sheets, and other sales collateral, while marketing teams need access to branded assets, product or service documents, and other informative resources.
Building out boards for digital asset management, or connecting to other tools like Google Drive, or Dropbox are prime ways to ensure your teams have what they need.
Your Partner in Workflow
You don’t have to build this all out alone! Our team at CarbonWeb is here to help make your monday experience as seamless as possible, so you can focus on what’s important: Growing your business!
As Channel & Advanced Delivery Partners, CarbonWeb has experience servicing workflows of all types and complexities. Book a workflow exploration with our team to take the next step in enhancing your business processes and beginning the journey to an autonomous process!
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