Like the rest of the world, the traditional workplace is changing. Our Credence Innovations team believes this trend is most noticeable in the growing popularity of remote work. Millions of workers in the U.S. work from home at least part of the time, an amount that has increased by more than 100 percent in the last decade.
Telecommuting has a number of benefits, too. The flexibility offered by technology leads to heightened productivity, for instance. At Credence Innovations, we know the primary challenge of remote work is maintaining a cohesive team. Even that is doable, however. According to research from Google, there are two factors that most impact team-building:
• Psychological Safety: Not surprisingly, people perform best when they can be authentic. When there’s no need to waste energy putting on a work persona, efforts can be directed to the tasks at hand.
• Intellectual Equality: Associates must be given equal opportunity to discuss their ideas and opinions, whether in a conference room or Skype meeting.
We at Credence Innovations also contend that leaders must take measures to help team members stay focused, and prevent them from feeling isolated as well as overworking. By keeping these and the above details in mind, you can successfully guide a group of professionals located all over the world.
Do you lead a remote team? If so, what challenges do you face – and how do you handle them?