As many of us return to work at a physical location, many of us also remain working from home. Then, there are some that are teetering between working on location and remote. While we all ease back into whatever this “new normal” is, it’s important to make sure you’re on the same page as your team so nothing falls through the cracks. How can you keep unity when it seems everyone is doing their own thing?
Stay in touch and hold each other accountable with regularly scheduled virtual meetings to review what projects are still up in the air and to work on wrapping up loose ends. Depending on your business, a weekly meeting may suffice just fine. For others that have more ins and outs on a daily basis, it might be best to have a quick meeting bi-weekly, if not daily. Allow everyone to join the virtual meeting from wherever they are working.
More face time.
Consider sending fewer emails and instead going out to meet clients or colleagues in person. If one of the parties is not comfortable, then a phone call would be next best. Keep the personal connection in your relationships alive and put a face to the names you work with regularly. Virtual meetings can be efficient for in-house meetings, but take things outside the screen for people outside your team.
Stick to a schedule.
Have each employee stick to a regular schedule so everyone else on the team will know who is working and when, in case something comes up during work hours. Keep schedules consistent and keep everyone on the same.
Project management software.
If you don’t already use project management software, it’s time! This program will keep everyone on the same page down to the task. You can list all projects, check off tasks as they’re completed, assign someone to complete the task, and beyond. This way, everyone on the team has access and can see the progress for each project, as well as make their own notes.
Customer relationship management software.
Similarly to the project management software, customer relationship management software will keep track of all your clients or customers and their necessary details. If everyone on the team uses this to record notes, schedule meetings, and list outstanding issues, then it will help with everyone knowing where current clients stand.
There are plenty of tools and resources out there to help sync your business whether you’re working on location, from home, or a mixture. Keeping everyone together and headed in the same direction will be key to making sure everything moves forward smoothly.