While businesses are revisiting their work from home and remote team practices; project managers continue to battle with challenges of running the business with the entire workforce being virtual.
Working from home has been an established norm even before the pre-COVID era of 2020! Businesses had a good mix of virtual teams to have access to the best global talent pool there is and to be closest to their customers as possible.
But, there is a radical shift in running operations and managing projects & resources when the entire business is being run by remote teams.
Remote team productivity, employee motivation, operational readiness and visibility to bottlenecks have become more pronounced in the recent times.
Project Managers have to devote more focus and energy on ensuring they run business as usual rather than on optimizing business growth and profitability.
We present to you a quick list of most common working from home challenges faced by project managers and how they were overcome.
Frequent Work from home Challenges that Project Managers face
Ensuring Operational Readiness
When teams are remote, accessibility & ensuring their home office is fully functional is critical. Teams must ensure optimum availability during the business hours. Internet connectivity or slowness acts as dampeners during meetings.
Not having an optimal workspace lead to distractions, frequent interruptions and loss of productivity. Tasks take longer to complete and impact the project deadline.
Lastly, may also lead to health issues for the team member which will also end up with the resource not being available.
Too many check-point meetings
When in-person interactions are negligible, anxious project managers tend to make frequent calls for every other update or progress tracking.
A lot of effort and time is consumed in getting the updates and seeing what has happened, what changed between the calls to keep a tab on actual progress.
This in fact drains energy out of the project manager as well as the remote team members and also impacts motivation.