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Better Teams: Output, Knowledge-Sharing, Communicationon 27 June 2017Posted by Sarah James
As a small business with big ambitions, you’ve recognised the potential for quality and efficiency in the information age. Working with the Glasscubes platform, your business can implement cutting-edge team collaboration software to better manage projects, form teams, utilise resources, and deliver your offering.
Remote workers and teams are specialised, focused and as flexible as you need them to be. Your business is agile, scalable, and ready to be fully optimised. Forget cramming another desk into the corner of your workspace. Forget renting expensive offices and storage. Forget training up staff to perform a job with which they have no experience. Forget saying no to exciting business because you don’t have the required resources available. Forget worrying about paying permanent staff if an old client disappears off the radar. Instead work within a virtual office, with remote staff, specialised in what you need them to be, ready to adapt to whatever business opportunity arises, as it arises.
Now that you function within an online workspace, with a range of online tools for better team collaboration and project management, how can you further evolve to get the most out of your new way of working? What can your business now focus on?
Attendance is not necessarily reflected in output – look what has been achieved, not how long someone has been working on a project. You no longer need to obsess yourself with what staff are or aren’t doing during work hours – with remote workers, you have more control and, counterintuitively, improved visibility. Not satisfied with the results? No problem – there’s an infinite pool of talent out there from which to hire for your next project. Set goals that are smart – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely. This age-old acronym can be applied to your remote workers and teams in a way that simply wasn’t possible before.
Well, communication. If you are working remotely, that doesn’t mean being “remote”. You need to be able to communicate with others on the team, within the business and moreover with your client base. You must be able to contact others and more importantly be contactable. What’s great about remote-team communication is that it’s not idle chat. When your remote team collaborates, it’s focused and meaningful, unlike the typical discussion that occurs within a traditional office.
The team, management and customer can be kept in the loop through Glasscubes’ team collaboration software, ensuring 360° visibility and the opportunity to contribute on all the very latest steps taken and progress made. It is important that the information is shared, but not just for sharing’s sake – keep updates professional, and project-focused.
Working remotely is a great simplifier. Your management team don’t need to worry about when workers arrive at work in the morning, they don’t need to think about professional development courses or staff retention. They don’t even need to worry about whether individuals end up spending half the day trawling through Facebook posts. All they need to worry about is results. If a remote team worker doesn’t deliver the results, it is immediately obvious – Glasscubes’ project management tools allow for tasks and milestones to be assigned and set, with complete transparency throughout. This, and the fact that remote workers are able to complete their tasks in a far calmer, more work-conducive environment, accounts for recent findings that 91% of remote workers believe they "get more work done when working remotely”.
Communication is key within any team and team collaboration software allows management to focus on observation, reflection and response. Providing feedback to your remote team members is constructive, practical and important for the general wellbeing of individuals and teams alike. Whether that feedback is applicable to a single team member or the team as a whole, expect to see continued improvement as a result. How often is management able to provide thoughtful feedback to individuals in the typical working environment? Much of what we do in a traditional organisation is hidden; key points are untraceable, contributors go into hiding the moment an issue arises, and we just simply don’t have the time. Glasscubes makes tracing, evaluating and commenting on work simple.
If you’d like to create the conditions for better teams, innovative solutions, and a fluid, scalable organisation, contact the Glasscubes team today.
Glasscubes is a user-friendly collaboration software for teams. Connect everyone that you work with in an online workspace that improves the way you share files, manage projects and communicate with each other.
For more information, contact us by calling +44 (0)20 3274 2310 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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