Apr 7, 2020
Working remotely is the safe mode during the Coronavirus crisis
and we may never go back to traditional ways of working. Phil Cooke
offers 10 tips to help pastors and leaders succeed in what could
become the new normal for churches, non-profits and businesses.
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More about this episode: How to Lead
Remote Workers During COVID-19 and Into the New Normal
Due to the Corona virus, companies are sending employees home in
droves to do their work remotely. But this is the future – it will
change work in significant ways. So with that in mind, here
are tips from my decades of leading creative teams remotely (and in
many cases around the world):
- Get to know your people. If you don’t know the
people working in the same building, it won’t help when you work
remotely.How well do you know your team?
- Know the difference between “organizational” structure
and “communication” structure.Who reports to who matters,
and when it comes to budgets, project approvals, and workflow,
organizational structure can be critical.
But communication structure is different and
needs to be more free-flowing.
- Be accurate about your expectations.Make sure
everyone knows your expectations and is clear on delivery.
- Get your remote workers the tools they need to be
productive. Don’t skimp when it comes to tools, software,
and platforms for your team.
- Make everyone feel welcome no matter where they
are.Look for innovative ideas that keep everyone feeling
equal and don’t make remote workers feel like second class
- Remember that it’s not just about work.Don’t
forget to celebrate birthdays, special anniversaries,
etc. Think of all the ways people create a community and
come up with ways you can do that online.
- When possible, schedule connection times.Even
though they’re working from home, try to design some type of
schedule, so you have an idea when everyone is available to
- Encourage employees to create an official work space in
their home. Having a dedicated space makes working
remotely so much more productive.
- Give the employees some flexibility.Family
intrusions, unexpected emergencies, schedule changes – all happen
regularly to remote workers. So do your best to give them some
wiggle room and try to be flexible.
- Finally – realize that this is the future of
work.A very large group of employees will probably never
go back to the traditional office life. So now is the time to think
through what systems, processes, equipment, and personnel, do we
need to make this work for the long haul?
The decisions you make today will help secure your success