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Myths of remote work


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Working remotely has a bad rep, mostly because business leaders don't really understand what it's all about and how to implement properly. In this talk I've tried to debunk some myths about working remotely and give solutions to some problems that always arise.

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Myths of remote work

  2. 2. Myth #1 Creativity and collaboration only happen when people are in the same room 06
  3. 3. “Creativity and collaboration are not weakened by distance – merely altered” CHRISTIANVASILEMYTHSOFREMOTEWORK – InVision
  4. 4. • Safe environment • Willingness to learn • Acceptance of failure There are three key elements that help foster creativity
  5. 5. • Safe environment • Trusting each other • Open exchange of diverse ideas, perspectives, and expertise There are three key elements facilitating collaboration
  6. 6. Myth #2 Communication is poor, off-beat, and chaotic 06
  7. 7. Working remotely exposes your poor communication practices CHRISTIANVASILEMYTHSOFREMOTEWORK
  8. 8. Sort out your communication practices and policies • Create a communication charter • Speak up openly about your needs • Test and share with the rest of the organisation
  9. 9. Communicate more by communicating less • Be thoughtful of others • Consider the importance of your message and timing • Protect your time
  10. 10. Consider if a write-up is better than a video call • They are considerate of everyone’s time • Give everyone the time to consider and think • Protect quiet individuals
  11. 11. Real-time sometimes, asynchronous most of the time • Gives time to focus • Allows people to respond when they’re ready • Tests the trust in the organisation
  12. 12. Myth #3 Employees can’t be trusted when working remotely 06
  13. 13. 20% more productive 25% less employee turnover 29% happier employees CHRISTIANVASILEMYTHSOFREMOTEWORK
  14. 14. A lack of trust from the leadership makes remote working less effective CHRISTIANVASILEMYTHSOFREMOTEWORK
  15. 15. Behaviours that show a lack of trust • Requiring people to be online at all times • Asking employees to answer within a short period of time • Using surveillance software • Judging performance by anything else other than deliverables
  16. 16. Trust should be given with no strings attached, but it should also be fostered – it’s a two-way street CHRISTIANVASILEMYTHSOFREMOTEWORK
  17. 17. Tu build trust, you need to be reliable • Set expectations with your team • Meet deadlines and do everything you say you will • Helps you earn “credit”
  18. 18. Tu build trust, you need to be good at listening • Make listening part of your job • Listen to intent, not to words • Adapt depending on what you’re hearing
  19. 19. Tu build trust, you need to be showing off your work • Always update the team • Express how remote working is better for your productivity • Ask for help and critique
  20. 20. Myth #4 Not being in the office is a risk to our culture 06
  21. 21. Culture can’t be forced; it’s the natural result of unique individuals letting their personalities shine CHRISTIANVASILEMYTHSOFREMOTEWORK
  22. 22. Dedicate time for the team and wider organisation • Show and tell • Design critique • Open call with the rest of the organisation
  23. 23. Thank you 06 CHRISTIANVASILE.COM