The number of people working from home has increased exponentially in the last few years. Businesses have progressed from the typical flexible working arrangement, where you may be granted an opportunity to work at home on a Friday, all the way to a complete remote working environment from the comfort of your home, which has since become a business necessity, particularly in the era of COVID-19. Here are our top challenges of remote working and how to overcome them:
Unlike working with your team in the same office, remote working doesn’t always come quite as easy, especially when there are multiple people involved. And if your work experience has mainly consisted of office working, where you can more easily share ideas and collaborate with your colleagues, it can initially be challenging to transition to a work from home, or remote working role.
In order to be as productive as possible, and increase communication amongst the team, we’d recommend making the most of your business apps. Use an app for task management to easily collaborate and share tasks, whilst progressing projects and documenting future plans and goals. Most importantly though, engage your co-workers on video or voice calls. Talk and listen as much as you can, share the challenges you’re facing and ask questions.
2. Technology Overload
Working remotely is a challenge in of itself, however, once you add multiple business applications to the mix, it can become increasingly challenging. Many organisations adopt a multitude of applications that specialise in many different areas, and there lies the potential problem; with so much software to use on a daily basis, it’s possible to suffer from technology saturation. Then, when you add smartphones, PCs, tablets and other devices to the mix, it can present a real issue when it comes to application management.
Learning how to manage apps is highly important, and offers a way to overcome the challenge of tech overload! Utilising a business app manager can assist in unifying all of your applications into one, centralised dashboard. We would recommend referring to our Business App Manager blog for further details.
3. Time Management
We all know one of the key benefits of working from home; it’s the limited amount of time spent commuting or remaining stuck in a never-ending traffic jam. Even with this extra time, it can still be difficult to manage your tasks as effectively as possible, particularly if you’re not familiar with a work from home role.
To overcome this challenge, we’d highly recommend spending some additional time to plan your duties by noting down your to-do list for the day; but only after drinking that all important cup of morning coffee! You should also organise your business apps to avoid spending too much time navigating from app to app. You could also have a change of scene from time to time; pop down to your local coffee shop, or a remote office environment.
This is one of the toughest challenges we’ve faced yet in this list. Motivation is not always an easy characteristic to adopt, particularly when there are so many distractions in a home working environment; such as pets, children, partners etc.
Before finding a suitable place to work, we would recommend ensuring that your diary is sufficiently complete with tasks that ingratiate yourself with the business. We know that it can be uncomfortable, but also ensure that when you attend video calls, you switch on your webcam to demonstrate that you are actively engaged. Additionally, taking a shower in the morning and changing into smart casual attire (or even a suit!) and treat your home working habits the same way that you would treat office working.
5. Manage your Apps
Whether you’re working for an SMB (Small and Medium-Sized Businesses), SME (Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises) or a large enterprise, most organisations in today’s day and age contain an overabundance of applications across the various departments, all whilst lacking a dedicated system to properly manage those applications and congregate a department’s business apps in such a way so that they are more easily accessible from an intuitive, easy-to-use dashboard.
Here at vinciDASH, our entire strategy and business model is to solve this exact problem, and we enable organisations to adopt an advanced way to manage its applications, by combining a department’s key applications into one, centralised dashboard, all whilst increasing user adoption across the application landscape and improving typical remote working practices.
Should you wish to learn more about how vinciDASH may benefit your business, then you would be more than welcome to reach out via email at [email protected], or, by phone on +44 73 4000 20 90. We look forward to hearing from you!
The vinciDASH team