26 April 2020
My calling is leading teams through change, often in crisis. I have found that getting to know how people like to be supported is easier when you are there in person. Being present, cultivating an atmosphere of trust and fostering team-think are key to a productive team. However, culture of being present is changing. Does it always need to be physical? My team says, let’s switch it up! ‘We can be more productive working from home than we ever thought’.
These are my top take-aways after working from home for a month:
What is working?
- Maximize productivity. Keep work hours for meetings, however, maximize your work style. Short sprints, music, bright lights or early hours. Build a space and atmosphere that supports your work style.
- Communicate. Use a variety of interactive tools to stay connected. Check in on a teammate after a tense meeting, use breakout rooms for strategy discussion or have a virtual coffee. Use chat, video and the phone.
What’s more difficult?
- Don’t let things drop. Grab a chat or follow up video meeting to catch a thread that you missed. It’s not the same as a desk drive-by but it is important to foster trust.
- Get comfortable and set up an office. Find a work chair, monitors and a keyboard. Whatever you need to be productive.
My ‘special sauce’!
- Find a routine that fits your life and family. Set a schedule so everyone knows what they should be doing, especially if you have kids.
- Rethink your commute time. Build in an extra hour of sleep, snack breaks, dog walks and coffee with your someone special.