There’s some useful thinking on approaching remote working arrangements strategically. Start at slide 15.
- Heavily leverage instant messaging/chat, file sharing tools, web conferencing etc. (My $0.02: People, please pick some good tools. The vast majority of text-based chat these days is cr*p. I’ll repost some of my old IM Roadmap articles, but here are two tips: Make sure it supports persistent groups, and on-screen white-space is evil. The default mode should be small fonts, high-information density, etc. Otherwise, what’s the point?)
- The “workplace” should now be viewed as a 24/7 thing. Everyone should be encouraged to work when and where they want. (My $0.02: In trade for that flexibility the employees need to anticipate and accommodate odd-hour work. I don’t buy into the growing narrative that it’s bad to have people responding to email at 9pm or 5am. Ignore those lazy people. Why discourage passionate and productive colleagues?)
- Virtual teams expand your available talent pool.
- Use video conferencing every day.
- Meet as a team face-to-face when possible. (My $0.02: Don’t forget about Tuckman’s stages of group development. After “norming”, you’ll actually need in-person interaction WAY less than you think you do.)