From Harish Jagtani’s Desk
The Covid-19 outbreak changed our lives in many ways. Forever! People started wearing masks, maintaining distance, shopping online and working remotely, among others. Covid-19 cases have gone down considerably now, but many of the practices continue to be a part of our lives. The most prominent was the fast adoption of the remote work mode. So, operating from anywhere, any time will be the future of the work environment. Reports show how the remote work culture will grow in the future. A recent study says more than 68% people around the world work remotely at least one day a week. And studies forecast that about 50% of employees will be working fully remotely by 2024.
Most companies are moving away from physical, brick-and-mortar offices as the remote work pattern continues to create a momentum. Teams that are embracing remote work are winning by broadening their talent pool and offering smarter work arrangements. But remote work requires a different set of guiding principles, tools for collaboration and systems of accountability. Here are some important tips to effectively manage your remote workforce…
Single Vision for the Whole Team
In a remote environment, it is very important for leaders to explain the bigger picture to the team. It may seem simple to appoint an individual and hand out assignments. This will work in the short term. But, in the long-term, employees would want to know more about their assignments. To work together effectively as a team, an organization has to excel at clarifying the big picture. From top managers to entry-level employees—everyone should share one mission, language and value set to work together as a team.
Context is Important in Communication
Communication is the lifeline of remote work. It is not just about sending text messages and making calls. Effective communication requires proper context. Discussing work can be difficult when the critical details are not clear in your mind. Every time you try to interact outside the context of a project, it needs detailed explanation time and again. So, it is better to have one system that can be a single source of information which lets conversations take place in the context of the job and you don’t have to add the context repeatedly. It is where your team needs it.
Tracking Work and Productivity
In a physical workplace, managers keep tabs on their employees—whether they are performing well, or facing any issues—during short conversations over coffee. But it is not so simple when your employees work from home. Managers need to have periodic performance checks and regular status checks with their remote workers and, at the same time, remember not overbear and micro-manage employees, which may lead to frustration.
Make the Most of Meetings
For remote work to succeed, meetings must be regularized. Make sure that meetings have a purpose and help the team work together. You should have purpose before setting up meetings and provide an agenda with bullets, expected time-frame and goals for the meeting. You can have quick, daily meetings to cover what you did yesterday and what you’re working on today. These will help everyone be in sync, prevent confusion, and help you track goals and progress. Projects take time and, as a manager, you have to make sure that progress is done properly. Besides, you should also have face-to-face interactions—sometimes.
Your team can prosper in remote work mode. There won’t be wasteful commutes, but it will give your people flexibility to work from anywhere and anytime and open up a bigger talent pool. Adopting these principles will make sure your remote team is in sync and the most important work gets done in the best possible way.
About the Author
Mr. Harish Jagtani, a philanthropist, visionary, businessman of Indian origin, currently based in Democratic Republic of Congo for more than 20 years now, is one of the most reputed business owners in the Indian diaspora as well as the entire expat business community in DRC. The business house caters to multiple domains, including but not limited to Domestic as well as International Air Cargo, real Estate and infrastructure development, healthcare, hospitality as well as CSR.
Coming from humble beginnings from Jaipur, Rajasthan, Mr. Harish Jagtani has come a long way in building this conglomerate with a strong and clear vision, sheer dedication and grit. Starting with a small job in sales, Mr. Harish Jagtani today is a proud and righteous owner of a fleet of airplanes and multiple businesses that cater to the basic and advanced needs of the people of Dem. Rep. of Congo in different sectors.