Maintaining Productivity in Today’s Remote Work Environment

Can’t be in the same room? Video conferencing is the next best thing

With the need to embrace social containment strategies, many companies initiated work-from-home strategies starting in March.

And even when we return to offices – as some people have already done – remote working is likely here to stay in one form or another. A recent Gartner survey found that almost three-fourths of CFOs plan to permanently utilize remote work for at least some staff.

In fact, many organizations have already ensured their staff is equipped with video conferencing software to help keep employees better engaged in their work and with each other.

Here’s why: An in-office workplace enables quick, over-the-shoulder chats with a co-worker to ask questions and easily collaborate. You can share collective brainpower. When remote, that efficiency and efficacy of being in proximity to others is often lost.

Adopting a video-first culture allows you to see the other person’s facial expressions and know whether a topic or assignment is understood. Is there confusion on the other person’s face? Is her brow furrowed with worry or is she nodding, that yes, that makes sense? A video-first culture increases effective communication, productivity and positivity. Period.

Video calls are interactive and engaging. They can be used, successfully, for one-on-one catch ups with a co-worker, a department, a team or even the entire company.

Things to remember when working remotely

What’s going on today with people working remotely – often with children and pets underfoot – has presented unprecedented challenges. People have asked, “how do I work remotely?” Here’s a start:

  • With intention: When remote employees have on their video, it’s possible to pick up on non-verbal cues. Remember to check out other video windows – not just the window of the person speaking. You might notice a colleague isn’t on the same page, which gives you an opportunity to ping them in the background and offer help.
  • With feedback: Your meeting leader is likely not getting all the typical feedback they’re used to, so take the time to send a thoughtful note. This could be something along the lines of, “I can tell you put a lot of time into this project – well done!”
  • With positivity: Just because you’re remote, doesn’t mean that you aren’t part of the team. Use a video-first culture to bring grace and energy to all of your work.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we do business, but employees are more likely to stay productive and engaged with a video-first culture, even after they return to offices.

Find out more about creating the best video conferencing culture in your workplace by watching our recent webinar, “Remote Working: Optimizing a Video-First Culture,” available on demand here.