Remote employees aren’t the only people having to get used to the ins and outs of working outside of the office. Many company founders, managers, and leaders are unfamiliar with working remotely and have had to adapt on the fly in order to keep things running smoothly.
When not in an office and having to move everything online, there are a ton of things to change and tweak very quickly while keeping things moving so you don’t face a hiccup in business.
We were able to speak with a few company managers and leaders who are familiar with remote (and a few who have had to adapt over the last year) on what they’ve had to do over the past year. We were able to get some valuable insight into how you can enhance your company efficiency and productivity while managing remotely:
1. Finding the latest technology to save me time and effort.
“There is a ton of new technology to help you (and your team) adapt to working remotely. New platforms and software can help you organize files, communicate with your staff, set up project strategies, organize to-do lists, and so much more.
Honestly, we’re so lucky to have access to the newest, most advanced platforms in order to further our business and perform better on a day-to-day basis. These other products can actually help you earn more money, reach new people, and enhance your company.” -Gabriel Cian, Co-Founder of GetEmail.io
2.Hiring the best people to work alongside.
“The people you surround yourself with can really help you adjust and adapt during the transition to managing a remote team. If you have the right employees and the right leaders who all have the right goals in mind, the community should be able to come together for the greater good.
Hiring, recruiting, and finding the right people is always a key element to running your business, but especially during turbulent times like these.” -Josh Ladick, Founder of GSA Focus, Inc.
3. Focusing on the importance of work/life balance.
“Balance has always been a vital part of building a healthy routine, but it has been especially important during a period where we’re working in the same place we spend our personal time.
I’ve encouraged my employees to find a way to balance these two things in a healthy way. Work/life balance will help you keep a healthy personal life, but can also help you be at your very best in your work.” -Jim Sullivan, Founder and CEO of JCSI
4. Finding new hobbies to excite me outside of work.
“Distractions from the things that cause me stress has helped me a lot recently.
By getting away from work and forgetting about the things happening around the world, I’ve been able to refresh my mind and come back to things with a fresh, unique perspective. I’ve gotten into a number of new hobbies that have been exciting and enthralling for me over the past year.
I’ve actually been more productive while working so I can cross everything off my list and get to these new hobbies that have taken over my personal life.” -Donny Gamble, Founder of Retirement Investments
5. Reading self-help content so I can improve myself.
“This past year has been a great time to better myself and learn as much as I can. The world has been throwing a myriad of new challenges my way so I’ve done everything I can to prepare myself for what will come at me next.
Self-help content has been something I’ve always relied on and enjoyed reading, but the amount I’ve been taking in has increased a lot over the past few years. It allows me to escape from the immediate stresses, prepares for future opportunities that will come my way, and builds my self confidence.
As a CEO and Co-Founder, I’ve been able to read lots of content about managing a successful team and it’s helped me become the leader that I am today. We’ve always been a remote team but there have been other challenges over the last year that I’ve had to take on.” -Lindsey Allard, CEO and Co-Founder of PlaybookUX
Not only have employees had to adjust to working remotely, but managers and company leaders have had to do the same thing.
They’ve had to tweak their managerial styles to help employees find success and they’ve also had to find ways to balance their personal and work life. Some of the examples above are great ways for others to consider if they are adapting their lifestyle to fit their new schedule of working from home.
Remote work can be a great way to live, but it offers unique challenges. We need to find ways to eliminate distractions, increase productivity, effectively communicate, and – in general – be successful! And, for most of us, we need to do this on the fly because we don’t have the luxury of slowing down to take a good look at things.