Working remotely has become a hot trend across multiple industries- and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. As of 2018, 4.3 million employees now work from home at least half the time, an increase of 140% since 2005. For project managers, this opens the door to more flexibility and a larger staff pool, but may also increase the anxiety that their teams may not work together as effectively as they need.
Experts have found countless benefits to trading in your stilettos for slippers. In fact, 2/3 of managers report an increase in production for their stay-at-home employees, citing a lack on distraction and more room to focus. You may also be surprised to learn that telecommuters typically earn more than than office counterparts, and hold higher position within the company. Of course there are numerous benefits personally for individuals who work from home, including cutting out the dreaded morning commute.
With all the perceived benefits of working from home- why aren’t even more people taking advantage? Aside from the obvious positions that require a face-to-face interaction component, there is one critical piece of the puzzle that can’t be ignored: communication. This is particularly true for the project management field, where effective communication can make or break your team. With more and more teams dependent on working together in a virtual space, how can you help your team stay as effective as possible?
As the work-from-home trend continues to increase, it is important that we modify our communication to provide the most effective outcome possible. But with the right strategy and tweaks to our current process, you can not only meet but exceed your current project goals and deadlines. As always, the right form of effective communication remains key in managing all teams- whether they sit 50 feet or 500 miles away.
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