People first, technology second
Our current situation is unique. It requires new ways of work and new ways of working with what we have.
Remote working has long been a choice for many – part of flexible working patterns, or for the self-employed.
Today, many people are in a situation where working from home, whether temporary or as a new, permanent way of working, has become new normal.
While digital technology has enabled a new world of remote work, it’s up to us to adapt our tools and technology to deliver real outcomes. It’s not enough to watch a webinar or video or participate in an online meeting. Remote working requires us to find new ways of working and new ways of working with what we have. To engage as teams, expand our thinking and build new knowledge and relationships.
Remote workers are devouring content about new ways of working and working together better. Now the challenge is better remote teamwork.
Currently, most remote team meetings rely on presentations with some question and answer or discussion. That’s great for keeping up to date but doesn’t actively foster new or deep thinking, address issues, or encourage brainstorming or new ideas.
In the present situation, we’re using team and individual meetings to connect, manage, and get updates.
But what we are missing is the opportunity to problem-solve, manage issues, plan and innovate collectively.