According to 2020 McKinsey research, 80% of respondents said they enjoy working from home while 41% said they are more productive. Leaders can capitalize on this data to establish best practices for WFH to boost productivity, reduce distractions, and keep everyone working toward a common goal.
In her article published in Inc. Magazine, author Carol Sankar explains there are four essential traits of high performing remote teams:
Fostering teamwork and accountability, leaders need to regularly communicate an organization’s mission to keep everyone prioritizing the right activities and metrics. A workforce that lacks direction can fall prey to the drawbacks of WFH, as blurred lines between personal and office life allow distractions to interrupt workflows.
Experienced Team Members
Industry insights, operational know-how, and pragmatic execution are invaluable during extreme adversity. Work experience and adaptability give remote teams the ability to maneuver an organization toward continued growth. Experienced managers and employees are in a better position to ensure business continuity because they will be well versed with how the organization functions.
A tech-forward culture gives telecommute workers an advantage in the new normal.
Remote infrastructure includes mobile and cloud-based applications that can support document creation, task management, virtual collaboration, and more. Cloud-based solutions are important because they facilitate easy and organized sharing of information between geographically distant teams.
Culture of Trust
Leadership, work experience, and technical excellence combine to create a culture of trust and peak performance. Remote co-workers who share information and who strive toward common goals help a company stay competitive in uncertain times.
Overall, high-performing organizations are cognizant of WFH limitations, such as the inability to access hardware and the greater need to maintain discipline and focus. However, WFH frees up workers by saving commute time, boosting productivity, providing flexibility, and protecting health.