It’s been almost 2 months since the team of DEGOM Marketing moved to remote working and prioritized remote management practices. Whilst it has been quite nice at times not having the commute, or setting up shop in the garden on a sunny day, the reality is that this has been a tough adjustment for everybody in the business.
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One thing that became very apparent was how important those quick chats over the desk or in the kitchen are to the day-to-day workflow. That natural interaction is not easily replicated virtually, and no-one wants more emails!
Making a conscious effort to increase the frequency of team catch-ups – or, in our case, just dialing into the ones that were already happening – has been the most effective way we have found to stay in the loop. As sighted human beings we communicate so much physically so I think it really helps to use video calls as much as possible, not talking to a blank screen.
Being More Flexible
When we went into lockdown, we were keen to impress upon the team that “all that’s changed is the location – everything is as we were in the office”. Had it been just a week or two of working from home that probably would have been the right message. But as the situation progressed and more started to change around us, the more we have had to adapt. I am sure you are in the same predicament.
Things aren’t as if we were in the office: we have staff on furlough, we are having to overhaul our short-term strategies and everyone is having to pick up more new business.
Replacing our structured, management team meetings with more regular weekly meetings that have a more flowing agenda has helped keep the focus on the most immediate priorities. Similarly, some remote management projects have had to be deprioritized – not ideal, of course, but as a manager, it’s important to acknowledge that and make those decisions to reprioritize consciously.