The situation with global pandemic has brought a shift in the way we work to run business. It is not an easy change especially when telecommuting has been implemented yet in the way you run your business. However, those who can survive and thrive during the crisis is those who pivot. Being able to adapt with the situation given is a must. Therefore, it is not impossible to still have creative, innovative, and productive collaboration with your team even when working remotely.
Remote working and productive collaboration
While working in the office, ideas are often bouncing around. However, different setting can make different way in thinking. Sometimes, being at home makes your brain feel uninspired. It is possible to not being able to think creatively. However, collaborative efforts are possible and can be essential factor to achieve your business goal even during remote work. Working together while working remotely can be a successful effort.
With how the work environment has changed, it is also important that you make some changes to the structure of your team. Old way might not be inapplicable anymore with the new setting hence the change. You need to build a team consisting of different people with different strengths or skills. You need your team to be agile during this tough time. You don’t have to build a team consisted of too many people seven to eight members are enough as long as they are self-organizing, autonomous, and dedicated. By rebuilding the structure, you will have more agile team which is more reliable in creating productive results with their diverse strength and discipline which encourage more creativity.
You and your team don’t have to sit in the Zoom meetings to brainstorm. Sometimes, ideas come when your brain is the most relaxed. Formal meeting often block your brain to think creatively. Therefore, it is good if you can arrange more casual meeting with your team members. Also, make sure to encourage yourself and your team members to take a walk, hike, run, or do their exercise outdoor. It can help them fish for brilliant ideas especially when their body is moving but their brain is relaxing. You can also arrange a walk-meeting when you and your team members discuss ideas while doing your own outdoor activities. Different setting can generate more diverse ideas.
Before having a Zoom meeting as usual, it is recommended to have a meditation session with your team members. You can do it for 10 minutes. You and your team members can use guided meditation app if you any of you don’t know how to do it properly. It can be calming and relaxing. Hence, you can start your meeting with more relaxed mind and happy mood. All the stress you have before the meeting can be removed through meditation. Do not underestimate the power of 10-minutes meditation. Collaboration and distance sound unfit. With distance, collaboration seems harder to do. However, you can try the tips above to make it happens successfully