15 Questions About Remote Work, Answered

In this article, written by Tsedal Neely and published by @Harvard Business Review, they tackle the key challenges that we face as we adapt to the need to work from home.

  1. Are organizations prepared for this sudden transition?
  2. What’s the first thing that leaders and individual managers can do to help their employees get ready?
  3. What should people who aren’t accustomed to remote work do to get psychologically ready for it?
  4. How should those check-ins happen? As a group? In one-on-ones? Via phone calls? Or video chats? 
  5. How does working from home affect psychological health?  What can employers do to make sure that people are staying focused, committed, and happy?
  6. What are the top three things that leaders can do to create a good remote culture?
  7. How will these changes affect productivity? 
  8. If the social distancing policies go on for a while, how do you measure your employees’ productivity and eventually review them on that work?
  9. Let’s talk about virtual meetings.  What are some best practices, beyond the general advice to clarify your purpose, circulate an agenda, prepare people to be called on, and so forth? 
  10. And how do you facilitate highly complex or emotionally charged conversations when people aren’t face to face? 
  11. In light of various daycare and school closings, how do you discuss children and childcare?
  12. We’ve talked about internal communication, but what advice do you have for people in client-facing functions?
  13. What do you do in an organization where you have a mix of both blue- and white-collar workers? Or for those colleagues who aren’t properly equipped?
  14. If you sense that, despite your best efforts, an employee is struggling — not focused, lonely — what can you do? 
  15. Do you see this crisis changing the way all teams and organizations operate going forward?

 

Read the article in full here:   15 Questions About Remote Work Answered

 

About the Author:

Tsedal Neeley is the Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration in the Organizational Behavior Unit at Harvard Business School and the founder of the consulting firm Global Matters. She is the author of The Language of Global Success. Twitter: @tsedal