How to Make the Work from Home Transition Effective
Remote teams and Work from Home are here to stay. They are not the trend but the norm! Teams across the globe are adopting project management & virtual collaboration tools such as Orangescrum to make the work from home transition smoother.
WFH isn’t a new phenomenon but has been around for over a decade with last 5 years showing at least 44% of US professional work half their work week remotely.
More and more tech savvy businesses and new age entrepreneurs have chosen to run an entirely remote company.
Let’s get back to the recent economic slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic and why remote teams and work from home has gained so much traction.
First off companies weren’t ready to deal with the sudden lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Because they had not envisioned or ever dream of running their business on remote collaboration.
As a result they did not have the required:
· Work from home policies and procedures in place
· Infrastructure and technology
· Remote collaboration & project management tools
· Remote work mind set & a high trust environment
What followed was panic, chaos, anxiety & stress at all levels and business component included.
· Customer service & support was impacted
· Employees did not know what to do next
· Leadership was battling to get the lights back-on
· No clarity around revenue & new business
All in all not a very good spot for businesses to start with.
At the same time there were organizations who activated their substantial disaster recovery and business continuity plans to keep the lights on and minimize the impact of a prolonged lockdown.
After the initial setback teams started to get innovative. All joined a race to activate as many remote collaboration tools and techniques possible to get off the ground.
There was a sharp spike in subscriber rates as publicly announced by Google for Google Meet, Zoom for their video conferencing app.