3 remote working lessons for 2022

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on April 8th, 2022

3 remote working lessons for 2022

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on April 8, 2022

Remember back in 2020 when we all thought we’d only be working from home for a few weeks? Two years on, the world of work has changed forever.

The tech sector was better prepared than others to make the transition to digital working. While that doesn’t mean people in tech didn’t struggle, most home workers—and those who manage and lead home workers—can learn something from them.

Here are three lessons we can apply in 2022.

 

  1. We can boost productivity while working from home

While emails and video technology can’t fully replace IRL communication, the tech sector has made the experience a great deal better for everyone.

Using emoji to show presence and active listening during a Zoom meeting, or in email to show mood and intent, is now a normal part of professional life. Written communications like email and chat are becoming less formal and more like speech, and many communications are moving from the inbox to the chatroom, saving valuable time. Less formality means more information flow and transparency, helping us deliver more value to customers.

People have also started blocking out interruption-free “focus time” on their calendars—something that works decidedly better at home than it would in the office. More privacy can also make people more productive, allowing them to take breaks without fear of being watched and judged. Flexible hours have also helped, allowing people to time their work around their productivity peaks.

It’s not surprising, then, that studies show most people prefer flexible working. A 2021 survey by FlexJobs found 58% of workers polled wanted to work remotely full-time post-pandemic, and 39% wanted hybrid working. This will also provide a massive boost to companies struggling with the talent drought, as they can now hire from anywhere in the world, helping to spread wealth more equitably and decongest big cities.

 

2. Online tools are the future

The pandemic drove many popular collaboration tools to go above and beyond. For example, Miro went from a simple virtual whiteboard to a full visual collaboration platform with features for every need, such as a voting system, frameworks to help the facilitator stay on track, timers to limit speaking time for more talkative group members and stickers to help quieter ones express their thoughts. With leaders struggling to motivate teams during virtual meetings, this has made a tremendous difference.

Zoom breakout rooms have made it possible to have over 100 people in a room and keep all of them engaged, while new features and tools help to prevent Zoom fatigue and make sure collaboration takes place in real time. Combining multiple virtual tools should make remote working a viable alternative to the office.

 

3. Online networking and team building can be fun

While online team building in 2020 tended to be dull and depressing, the rise of virtual spaces and gaming platforms like Gather Town, Kahut and Kumospace promises to genuinely boost team spirit and bring team members together. It’s now possible to stage a rap battle or solve a mystery together online. Nothing brings people together like laughter and fun.

Online spaces like these can be better than Zoom at helping people build meaningful connections. For instance, on Kumospace and Gather Town, people can meet up in a cafe, a garden, or even on the beach. They can have virtual cocktails and talk in large or small groups. Virtual interactions don’t have to be boring.

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