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How to keep teamwork strong after a long time working remotely “I already feel uncertain about my team working flexibly and remotely. How can I manage more remote working if that happens?” You might be thinking that you were just lucky to get through the last six months with an intact team. Perhaps some of your team members were more productive working from home, and

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Three best practices for communicating change effectively

Change is inevitable for remote teams. Teams that show the most adaptability and resilience in moments of change share one common quality: clear, consistent communication.  Your challenge is to adapt to the evolving landscape of remote work, supporting your team as they adjust to necessary changes. It won’t always be easy. A McKinsey study has

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You don’t need a flexible work policy, you need this

One of the most popular enquiries I received from my network during COVID-19 was for advice on flexible work policies. Leaders wanting to adjust to the times said “We need to update our flexible work policy.” For sure – the last thing you want is a policy that falls over. But there’s a secret that

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Lockdown masked the true challenge of flexible and remote work

Flexible work has become part of our ‘new normal’ The changes created during COVID-19 have become a catalyst for teams to consider long-term improvements to their working arrangements.  We created unprecedented support systems for team members to productively work from home. Now that many of the constraints caused by COVID-19 are subsiding, team leaders are

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Save money through remote work, but beware of this

A colleague with a software business told me recently there is a strong theme in what his clients are concerned about right now. The question keeping them awake at night is “Should I introduce remote work?” Perhaps that sounds familiar. After working from home en masse, many a business executive has begun to notice that

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Get your message across to your team, without confusion

Distractions are unavoidable for remote teams.  54% of respondents from Udemy’s Workplace Distraction Report acknowledge that distractions prevent them from performing to the best of their ability. An even higher number of employees – 70% of team members – believe proper training is key to blocking out distractions and staying focused. But distractions can be the

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Build value in your remote team through key moments

One of the most uncomfortable realities of remote work is the feeling of speaking to thin air. You send an email and then wonder, is there an echo in here? Two days pass and still no response. And you’re not sure why – is your team member off work and did they forget to put

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When collaboration does not come naturally, make it a team sport

Remote teams are filled with diverse personalities, which can be a huge asset. At the same time, collisions and roadblocks can lead to collaboration issues. Imagine this example… A meeting starts out as normal, but you quickly realise that you’ve heard a lot more of one particular person’s voice than almost everyone else combined. Meet

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Make the most of remote work with the hybrid week

As the COVID-19 crisis dissipates, business leaders around the world are adapting to a new normal. Team members have grown more accustomed to choosing how, where, and when they work best – and in many cases, they have been more productive. Leaders are starting to consider shifting towards a more flexible week. We want to

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Trust and communication let you ace remote teamwork

Reliable, cohesive teams are built on trust and strong communication. Fast Company warns that uncertainty about accountability in remote work leads to two common problems: managers micromanaging and employees overworking to prove themselves. But through developing a strong team culture, both of these difficulties can be avoided. Let’s break down ways some ways trust and

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This is how you know you are leading a remote team

Leading a remote team comes with its fair share of challenges – issues can creep into your team culture if you don’t address them directly. In this blog post, we explore some moments in your day to which you may relate, if you lead a remote team. Steve and his team have their daily meeting

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Maintaining your remote team’s momentum 2020 has been a lesson in how to build an effective remote team, and almost all industries have been impacted. Interestingly, Forbes predicted even before the pandemic: “Remote work is no longer a privilege. It’s become the standard operating mode…” Remote teams are the new normal, and as leaders, it helps to be ready for

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Decided to close your office? Webinar

Up until now, remote work has been unconvincing. How could it actually become a viable, sustainable way of working?  Now a large number of people have shown they can sustain their productivity while working from home, during stressful times. It seems that working away from the office could be worth thinking about.  What if you

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How To Avoid Financial Drain in Remote Meetings

Have you ever calculated exactly what a meeting costs your business?  For those of you that haven’t, the results may be shocking. Even if you’re a business owner with a relatively small sized team, your average weekly ‘catch up’ could be costing you $500 per hour. And, now with working from home becoming ‘the new

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