A special note from Reuben Malz, Founder and CEO of GlobalVision
Not everything is broken
It’s during times like these that we must look at our situation from all perspectives.
Just because everything looks dark, doesn’t mean that there is an absence of light.
Yes, many things we took for granted in our personal and working lives have come to an abrupt halt. Even our freedoms have been reduced.
However, not everything is broken.
The supply of energy like gas for your car and electricity for your home has never been interrupted. The internet, cloud, and Netflix are working, but maybe a little slower. Cell phones. Facetime, Facebook, and Twitter still work. The food supply chain is intact. Farmers are working, greenhouses are growing vegetables, and soon seeds for the fields will be planted. In short order, all the store shelves will be replenished after the buying frenzy abates. The sun still rises and sets every day.
Not everything is broken, but change is occurring at lightspeed. We have no choice but to give in and adapt to it. The office, the plant, the conference room, trade shows, and meetings have become uprooted and relocated – to your house.
Services and products still need to be delivered as consumption continues. The way it’s done has just gone remote.
We must be grateful that technology is sufficiently advanced for us to jump tracks. These technologies are what allows us to work from home and ensure that services and products are being delivered.
I remember a time when the internet was born and many companies didn’t trust it with their corporate assets. Everything remained in hardcopy form for many years. It was believed that anything on the world wide web was visible to the world. We think back and laugh. It seems so silly now.
Now, we’re moving to the cloud and working remotely for the first time. We’re still in the early days, but working, schooling, and entertainment is on a rapid evolutionary track. Yes, it was happening anyway, but the world has been forever changed.
When we arise from this chaos, everything will have changed. But not everything will be broken.
Welcome to the cloud, earthlings!
Remote work tips from our kitchen table to yours
There’s something comforting about Reuben’s message in a time when the world is noisier than ever. His message reminds us to cut through the noise and focus on the potential for growth and evolution in the midst of a worldwide standstill. Though it may not seem like it, these unprecedented times have created an opportunity to use social isolation to our advantage. Beyond Netflix-binging and the endless DIY projects we’ve been putting off, this time can be utilized by stepping back and benefiting from more focused work.
The team here at GlobalVision has put together 5 of our best tips to help stay productive and make the most out of remote work.
1. Use this time to evaluate your current strategy
From product planning to long-term strategy building, being away from the hustle and bustle of the office can create a quiet environment to focus on your team and company growth. With the world changing the way it does business across all industries, now is the perfect time to start planning how you’re going to implement the changes you’ve been thinking about. Maybe it’s dreaming up a new product feature, or implementing a quality control software, using this pause in time to plan for the future is never a bad idea.
2. Use technology to stay connected
At GlobalVision, we pride ourselves on being collaborative in many ways. Every product, new feature, and piece of content we put out into the world has touched multiple departments within our walls. And it’s no different when it comes to our digital walls. We’re lucky to be in an age where technology is so available to help us with our daily tasks. There are tons of great softwares out there to help facilitate communication between team members and departments. Our favorites include Slack, ZOOM, and Google Hangouts (especially for those after-work virtual cocktail hours). We also suggest a collaborative database like Airtable to help keep track of projects and eliminate any blockers in the workflow. These platforms provide project visibility and make it easier to collaborate with others. Bonus – they’re also great for sharing memes and pictures of your pets.
3. Continue with (or introduce) team meetings
Team meetings (virtual of course) are a great way to highlight key areas of focus for the week ahead. The frequency of these meetings depends on your team’s unique needs, but the majority of us at GlobalVision find that having a check-in every week or every few days helps everyone stay on track. Team meetings also allow each member to pinpoint personal goals while keeping track of how everyone is progressing with their projects. They’re a great way to give feedback and boost morale by encouraging others. If standup meetings aren’t something you’re used to, remote work might be a great time to test them out!
4. Stick to a routine
Creating a ‘work-from-home’ routine is a key factor in ensuring productivity while away from the office. Since the morning commute now consists of moving from the bed to the kitchen table, there’s no more sitting in traffic each morning mentally preparing yourself for the day ahead. We find that diving into your to-do list early in the morning helps the mind wake up and puts us into a work-based mindset. By structuring your day down to the last task, you’re fully committing yourself to your projects while minimizing distractions. Be sure to schedule some break time as well.
5. Take regular breaks
Our final tip is to take regular breaks that allow you to reset and refocus your mind. Have lunch and coffee breaks away from your computer, and schedule some time to call or video chat a friend. Give your colleagues clear indications of when you are and aren’t available to answer messages and emails (and be sure to respect their availability as well). There’s nothing wrong with snoozing message notifications for a while if you need some time to recharge. Finally, we suggest letting others know your preferred method of communication, whether it be instant messaging, email or phone calls. This helps avoid the frustration of not having messages replied to in a timely manner.
We hope these tips have given you some inspiration on making the best out of this remote work situation. We encourage you to not lose sight of accountability and motivation even when times are tough. The human ability to adapt to new situations is incredibly important in times of crisis. Use this time to lock in a vision and direction for your team and company, and make sure you use all the tools at your disposal to communicate these goals thoroughly.
During this time, GlobalVision is committed to helping our customers account for the surge in remote work. For more information regarding our 60-day free license offer, contact us.