March 6, 2020

#SiftShelf Roundup: OOO Message: Remote Work. It’s Here to Stay

Remote work has a lot of benefits and orgs are starting to realize that. The pros span everything from flexibility for employees, diverse talent pools, and a potentially healthier alternative to shared workspaces. Thinking of promoting remote work at your organization, or even considering being a telecommuter yourself? This week, we’re looking at how to set up remote workers for success, best practices for remote work (even how to deliver value in your OOO message), and how to navigate a distributed workforce.

Lauren McNeely - Benefits and Challenges of Remote Workers

As remote work rapidly becomes the new normal, so do a slew of new challenges: communication barriers, security concerns, fuzzy performance tracking, etc. But it’s not all bad! McNeely touches on key benefits that remote workers can bring to an org. One being: improved productivity… and who doesn’t want that?

Emplify - The Executive’s Guide to Engaging a Distributed Workforce

So, how do you actually reap the benefits of a distributed workforce? According to this Emplify piece, it’s understanding the three key drivers of engagement: meaning, safety, and capacity.

Buffer - The 2020 State of Remote Work

This 2020 State of Remote Work report by Buffer and AngelList provides a snapshot of leading trends in the remote work landscape. Biggest takeaway: communication, collaboration, and loneliness continue to be remote workers’ top challenges. These are felt even stronger in teams that are split between in-office and remote employees.

Forbes Agency Council - 12 Ways to Keep Remote Workers Engaged and Productive

Twelve members of the Forbes Agency Council each share one tactic your org can implement today to keep remote workers engaged. One that stood out? Giving remote workers space to have some peace and quiet.

Rob de Luca - Creative Ways to Keep Remote Employees Engaged

How should you set up remote employees for success? It’s about more than equipping them with the right technology, but creating opportunities for them to interact. It might even look like creating a budget to spiff up home office spaces.

Michelle Gielan - Why You Should Put a Little More Thought into Your Out-of-Office Message

It’s three months into 2020. Are you thinking what we’re thinking? It’s time for a vacation. On average, it takes about six to eight months to plan an international trip, but have you put much planning into your OOO message? Here’s why you should.

Toby Knott - Distributed Workforce: How to Manage the ‘Where are You’ of Working

The hardest part of managing a distributed workforce boils down to simply knowing where everyone is and what they’re doing. Learn what you can do to be on the same page with a team that’s strewn across different geographies and time zones, and ultimately how to gain visibility in your org.

Alex Hsi - How to Manage Distributed Teams for Success

For remote workers, who often work behind screens, much of what they do can go unrecognized. Hsi touches on how to prevent that from happening, and how to instead establish a culture of accountability and visibility.  

Henry Watson - 10 Remote Work Best Practices for Flexible Workers

If you’re thinking about flexing your work schedule, or switching to remote work full-time, then read this Watson piece before taking the leap. Here are ten steps you can take to prepare yourself. #1: Organize a remote work routine with your manager.

Steph Smith - Best Practices for Managing Remote Teams: A Psychological Perspective

“Remote work isn’t just a different way to work – it’s a different way to live.” A remote worker herself, Smith argues that orgs need to be more intentional with how they support remote workers. She offers three different frameworks you can apply to understand whether remote work would be a net positive or negative for your org.

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