How to Thrive in a Virtual Workspace
During COVID-19, businesses around the world were forced to adapt to a virtual environment. It was a difficult transition, but at that time, the world was running entirely on the internet. With vaccines slowly being rolled out, that time is gone, and we’re now living in the time that will be called the post-COVID era. However, the truth is that they might have sounded unproductive at first, but virtual workspaces are far better when it comes to sheer productivity. Several fortune 500 companies are actually giving employees the option to work from home even after COVID. If your company is one of those and you want to continue down the virtual path, you’re in just the right place. Here are three ways to thrive in a virtual workspace.
Purchase the Correct Tools
A virtual requirement is only as good as the productivity tools you’re giving to your organization. Communication is one of the major issues in a virtual workspace. But, there are tools to make communication even better than it would be in a physical office space. Every company needs one of the following tools.
- An audio/video conferencing tool (Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, Skype)
- A messaging application (Slack, Asana, Discord)
- A work management app (Trello, Asana)
If you’re not sure which tool you should be purchasing for your company, almost all of them have free/trials available. Consider trying them out before you pay them the cash.
One-on-One Meetings and Check-Ins
No matter how good the planning is for the transition, the truth is that some people will not be able to adjust to the remote workspace as the others. It’s important to iron out the issues and make sure no team member is left behind. To keep tabs on your team’s capability to work online, conduct one-on-one meetings with employees and ask them what issues they’re facing in their workflow. Maybe they have hardware issues, maybe they don’t have decent internet, maybe they just can’t figure out the tech side of things. Virtual workspaces are new for everyone, and you should give everyone ample time to wrap their heads around them.
Allow Non-Work Related Conversations
One of the aspects of an office environment that take a serious blow is non-work-related conversations. In a remote workspace, there’s almost no way to talk about your favorite shows, the basketball game last night, Drake’s new album, etc. Most companies aren’t allowing room for those communication and taking all the socializing away from their business. If you’re looking to allow such conversations, create a dedicated text chat in your messaging application where people can chat about such stuff. Furthermore, allocate 10-15 minutes on daily meetings, so people have a chance to catch up. This would promote a healthy work culture that a virtual environment definitely needs.
Remote workspaces can be much more productive than an office. When you’re letting people stay in their comfort zone, they work faster and are capable of doing better quality work. If you’re looking to shift permanently to a remote workspace, you should definitely consider utilizing the three methods mentioned above.