Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, a significant percentage of the working population has moved to remote working. Although the worst of the pandemic has been and gone, there are still huge numbers of employees who have elected to continue working either fully remotely, or on a hybrid basis. In fact, remote work statistics tell us that across the world around 18% of people still work remotely full-time, as of January 2022.
It is therefore important for CEOs and employees holding other senior positions to be able to adapt to an alternative working environment. This guide, therefore, will provide you with some top tips on how to lead your team effectively, even if you’re working in a remote capacity.
Tips for a CEO working remotely
1. Encourage your employees to walk around and take breaks when needed
Gone are the days when “working from home” really meant taking a day off. You should encourage your employees to take a break when needed. Whether that’s for a walk, a coffee, or to feed a pet, encouraging breaks will help ensure a positive working environment for your employees and will likely lead to better results.
2. Take walking meetings as much as possible
If you have a phone call that you don’t need to be in front of a computer to take, pick up your Bluetooth headphones and get outside. It’s great for your muscles, your heart, your happiness and your overall well-being.
3. Have fun with your colleagues
“Just like in a real office environment, you wouldn’t want your only interactions with your team to be work-related,” explains Ben Sweiry, the founder of Dime Alley, a startup that began in lockdown.
“It is just as important, when working remotely, to create a fun working environment, whether that is achieved by sending them a funny video, poking fun at each other or chatting about your favourite sports teams.”
Top tips for ensuring maximum output from your team
The first priority should be to ensure that working remotely won’t hold anyone back, technologically and practically.
1. Invest in good online tools and equipment
CEOs who have invested in providing company laptops and cloud-based software such as G Suite or Office 365 will be in a much better position than those relying on individual desktop infrastructures.
2. Make sure secure networks are being used
Another important thing to keep in mind is that while company networks might be more secure than average, home and public networks are not. Therefore, providing employees with virtual private network (VPN) software is very useful to keep any connection to the company network secure.
3. Provide training for those who are unclear on how to use new technology
While the millennial and Gen-Z generations are usually prepared to use any kind of technology, for some employees it may take time to get used to new equipment and software. Some concerns have been raised regarding how older and/or, less tech-savvy employees will cope without being able to ask colleagues or IT support for help. To combat this, business leaders need to provide as much training as possible to staff in order to best prepare them for the world of remote working.