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Phil Cooke Podcast

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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Do you have a message or story the world needs to hear? As a Hollywood producer and media consultant, I offer advice for leaders and creatives each week on filmmaking, digital media, publishing, strategy, communication, leadership, culture and faith – to help you get from where you are to where you want to be in your career. – Phil Cooke


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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):


  1. 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?


  1. 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.


  1. Be accurate about your expectations.Make sure everyone knows your expectations and is clear on delivery.


  1. 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.


  1. 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 citizens. 


  1. 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.


  1. 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 communicate.


  1. Encourage employees to create an official work space in their home. Having a dedicated space makes working remotely so much more productive.


  1. 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.


  1. 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 tomorrow.