Keeping the Pace While Working from Home

Those who choose to go against the grain and live by their own rules often possess a sense of authenticity and are unconcerned with external approval. This may be a life philosophy for some, but for those who work remotely, it is a necessity. In order to remain productive and successful, those working from home must adhere to a regular pattern of activity that mirrors the beat of a drum. Although there are various benefits associated with remote working, employers must ensure that staff members remain diligent in their responsibilities and stick to a strict schedule.

Maintaining consistency is the key to managing a successful remote workforce, and this is where a business cadence comes into play. After much trial and error, I found that the most successful strategy is to keep things simple and consistent. Establishing and adhering to a routine that is beneficial to the team as a whole should be the primary objective. As my mother used to say, ‘it takes two to tango’. In this context, it implies that both the employer and the remote worker must have a mutual understanding and exercise self-discipline in order to keep the rhythm going.

As a manager, it is essential to ensure that your remote workers have the necessary resources to perform their tasks to a high standard. This is essential for achieving and maintaining a successful rate of output. Darren Hardy, a successful entrepreneur, pointed out in his book, ‘The E-Myth’, that “consistency is rewarded with success”. To help you succeed, it is important to establish and maintain a regular working rhythm. Consider the two methods outlined below to help you achieve this.

The Appropriate Pace

In regards to remote work efficiency, you may hear that there is just one drum you should be following. That is not the case at all.

It is important to find a rate of work that is suitable for both you and your team, as there are a variety of options available. The speed at which your remote employee carries out tasks is commonly referred to as their “tempo”.

It is conceivable that some teams may experience fluctuating levels of performance while others may maintain a relatively consistent rate. Neither of these scenarios should be used to determine whether something is good or bad. It is therefore important to focus on those factors which are delivering positive results.

Doist asserts that there is no single, definitive answer to becoming incredibly efficient. Rather, it is a combination of small, considered actions that contribute to a life that leaves one feeling proud of their achievements and free of guilt when they switch off their technology at the end of the day. For those with a remote team, it is recommended that they work together to identify what works best for everyone, building upon this to find their optimum pace.

Positioned At The Head Of The Pack

The conductor is an integral part of an ensemble, providing the necessary direction to ensure that all musicians work in harmony and time. Without the conductor, the band would lack a sense of cohesion and direction, resulting in a disjointed performance. The conductor is essential in helping the musicians to come together to produce a unified sound.

As the manager, you are responsible for guiding your team to success. Much like a conductor of an orchestra, you must ensure you have the right tools and strategies to lead your team effectively. This guide will teach you the tactics used by successful managers who manage their teams remotely. It is essential to manage remote workers efficiently to ensure the team remains consistent and productive, as CNBC accurately notes: “It is important to manage both your in-house employees and those you outsource to effectively, whether they are remote or not.

It is essential that all channels of communication remain open and clear. It is of utmost importance to ensure that those working remotely have access to the necessary information and resources to perform their tasks efficiently. It is also essential to make sure that remote workers feel valued, supported and appreciated. Working remotely can often lead to feelings of loneliness, so it is important to show your appreciation for their hard work and dedication, and to motivate them to keep up their good performance. Failing to do this will lead to a lack of progress.

Slow Pace

If you find that your team’s performance has started to slip, it could be worth examining the level of consistency within the team. It may be that one member of the team is not contributing their fair share of the work, much like in those dreaded group projects from middle school. Not only can this negatively affect the individual’s output, but it can also cause disruption and hinder the progress of the whole team. In this situation, it is important to assess the performance of the distant worker that you believe may not be working to their full potential. FlexJobs suggests keeping a close eye on their output, setting clear objectives that they can measure themselves against, and ensuring that an open line of communication is maintained. Additionally, it is also worth checking in with other remote workers in order to gain a broader perspective.

As a group leader, it is important to ensure that your team feel valued and motivated. To do this, it is worth considering utilising collaboration tools such as Trello, Slack, Asana and Zoom to help everyone stay on the same page. If an individual is not meeting expectations, then it may be necessary to have a talk with them, or, in extreme cases, to consider replacing them. Finding a suitable remote worker can be challenging, however, companies such as Works can offer support in discovering qualified remote employees who have the capacity to be consistent and tackle projects head-on.

Maintaining consistency is paramount, regardless of whether you are endeavouring to maintain an existing pattern of success or are working to establish a new one. Do not be afraid to be different. Ultimately, what matters is what will be of most benefit to your organisation and what will motivate your team to achieve the desired results and ensure the success of your business.

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