In a survey last year, according to the 2019 Global Workspace Survey, three out of four workers worldwide said they consider flexible work the “new normal.” Since then, remote working has intensified.
Crafting your strategy in 2020 will be a key factor in ensuring business success and achieving, or at least continuing to progress, your business goals in 2020. Decide your strategy to win in the remote workplace.
A strategy that moves the needle on business objectives doesn’t need to be tied to office space.
It often checks three important boxes that can be accomplished near or far: prioritizing employee experience, tracking progress in real time to know when to revise, and when determining and executing strategy. Finding new ways to collaborate.
Prioritizing Employee Experience
With an at-home workforce, employee experience may seem like a thought-out – out of sight, out of mind – however, neglecting to prioritize employee experience will be a major setback to strategy execution. Ultimately, as leaders devise a way to ensure strategy is implemented effectively, it’s important to remember that execution is done by real people.
Business lives in a world of goal-setting paradox.
Goal setting should be both ambitious but realistic, visionary but concrete. It is essential that this balance comes with your overall strategy as well as with specific and actionable plans that help you execute your strategy throughout your organization.
One way to ensure this is to break down the company’s goals into small, measurable pieces. With measurable fractions, employees and relevant large groups (departments and teams) are more likely to stay the course even when they are located far away.
Specificity and quantification allow for easier progress tracking and better motivation, resulting in a great employee experience across all levels and teams.
Focusing on transparent actions and cross-level communication.
Transparent communication is inherently one of the best solutions for ensuring that people in your organization feel heard.
Transparency fosters motivation, alignment, and engagement, helping your team understand each other better and the achievement (or lack thereof) of related goals.
Transparency helps highlight individual progress or times when an employee may need help, especially when it integrates effectively with communication tools, automated dashboards, and executive reporting.
Track progress in real-time to know when to revise
While breaking down goals and outlining how to achieve them in your organization is a critical foundation for a successful strategy, leaders often tend to “set and forget” goals—a sometimes fatal mistake for a blooming business.
In addition, regular checkpoints become necessary to keep projects on track in a distributed workforce, but if goals are not at the forefront of day-to-day tasks, execution can become unproductive or stray course.
For some teams with established communication systems, the whereabouts of the leader is not essential to the success of the team.
Tracking productivity and aligning remote workers to integrate goals and targets in real time is an effective way to foster strong leadership and clear assignment of tasks among team members.
When your strategy doesn’t resonate with those responsible for implementing it, it’s important to identify it immediately.
You’ll see it in post-quarter review, but what if you can see it on a daily basis (or even in real time whenever you need it)? Think about the effect that a redirect can have on strategy or execution.
There are many new tools designed to automate the work a team is doing – after all, automation is a top priority for many businesses as they seek to improve and expand processes.
Some of these are one-time tools, but there are options available that allow you to automate and integrate with many of the existing tools that your employees already use (e.g. Slack, Jira, Microsoft Teams).
Using seamless integration ensures that everything your employees do to move toward company goals is automatically recorded in real-time and compiled into a simple and visual dashboard.
Tracking progress automatically is the best way to ensure maximum productivity. Automation can help track activity at an enterprise-level, as well as provide compelling data insight into a remote worker’s performance — and the performance of the company as a whole.
Using data to inform performance (and, conversely, data to inform performance) uncovers the human issues that sometimes lie behind organizational problems. It prepares an organization to transform and improve and its employees to be productive team members and contributing to the company’s cause.