There’s no denying it: This pandemic is changing businesses to their core. Operations, communication and workflow are all being overhauled to make room for remote work. It’s more important than ever to keep businesses aligned and motivated — and we’re here to help. As more and more companies move to a virtual workspace, we’re committed to supporting your team as we work together to slow the spread of COVID-19, both in the short—and long—term.
Whether you’re temporarily working from home, or considering shifting your business to be completely remote, we’ve got you covered. That’s why we’ve compiled our best tips on running an effective remote workspace, so that no matter where your employees are geographically, you can continue to strengthen your team (and, as a result, your business). No matter your industry, we’re in this together.
Tip 1: Use video
Let’s be real. Video chatting is awkward. But it’s also too valuable to go without. Facial expressions, social queues and body language are insanely important for how we communicate.
Tip 2: Don’t be afraid of icebreakers.
When team members are isolated, they might feel weird in virtual meetings (see: awkward video chatting). Especially now, it’s important to check in with your team, and make sure everyone’s healthy, safe and supported.
Tip 3: Take advantage of screen-sharing
Especially during presentations. It saves time and keeps everyone on the same page, so you can keep focusing on moving the meeting forward.
Tip 4: Hold internal and external meetings virtually.
Virtual meetings take some getting used to, so you might be tempted to only bring out the fancy technology when meeting with a client or customer. We get it, but hosting internal meetings using the same methods lets you practice. Trust us — no one likes technical difficulties during big external meetings.
Luckily for you, you’re already familiar with Bloom Growth, one of the best resources running virtual meetings! For more information on how to get the most out of Bloom Growth during remote meetings, view this quick video guide on running an L-10 from home.
Tip 5: Close programs you won’t be using.
In an in-person meeting, it’s probably not a good idea to check your Twitter…so you shouldn’t do it in a virtual meeting, either. Close out of distracting sites or programs, and make sure you’re focused on the conversation.
Think of it like visiting the bread aisle vs. the baking aisle at a grocery store — you buy bread when you need it, and when you’re ready to take ownership of the baking process, you visit the baking aisle.
Whether you need immediate change or long-term solutions, we’ve got an aisle just for you.