Whether your remote work is temporary or permanent, understanding some success principles can help your team thrive. A proactive and adaptable work environment can ensure you are prepared to run your business efficiently without skipping a beat.
5 Tips for a Successful Remote Work Environment
Every team member is unique, and each personality adjusts differently to a remote environment. But there are core methods you can put into place to create a thriving environment for your team.
#1 Take Advantage of Technology
There are plenty of online platforms and tools that can help teams to communicate and collaborate easily. Determine your needs; this will help narrow down the specific tools that will work best for your company goals.
Virtual/remote tools to consider are:
- Digital collaboration
- File sharing
- Infrastructure and Cybersecurity Protocols
- Performance management
- Project management
- Peer communication
- Video conferencing
- Voice over internet (VoIP)
#2 Help Develop Boundaries
When working remotely, people can have a hard time separating work and personal lives. Boundaries can help your team to connect more to their work and personal lives without feeling overwhelmed.
Ideas on how team members can create boundaries within a remote space are:
- Have a dedicated “workspace” (enough space to help separate home and work life)
- Schedule breaks away from the computer
- Plan time/activities before work begins and after it ends
#3 Communicate How Performance will be Evaluated
Clearly explain how remote work performance will be evaluated. This will help team members to understand their responsibility and what’s expected of them in a virtual space. Additionally, share the company’s goals for the quarter, so everyone is working towards the same goals.
#4 Provide Guidance
If team members weren’t prepared to work remotely, make sure to provide extra guidance and support. It takes time to adapt to a new work arrangement. Team members need to create their workspace, develop their work habits, and learn how to communicate in a new way. Understanding their needs will make the transition easier (whether this change is temporary or permanent).
#5 Express Appreciation
When you don’t see someone every day, small comments of appreciation or gratitude can go unsaid. Make sure to incorporate that as part of your remote environment routine. It can be anything from picking up the phone or sending an email. Be sure to express your appreciation to your team.
Ways to express appreciation in a remote workspace are:
- Verbally praising accomplishments, character, or personality (either one-on-one or in a meeting).
- Offering quality time by catching up with a team member for a non-business conversation.
- Providing acts of service by helping someone finish a project or give them guidance.
- Showing thanks by giving small gifts (a gift card, paid time off, etc.).
Becoming and staying proactive will help to keep your business running efficiently. While incorporating remote work systems can help you be prepared in the event your team can’t work in person.
At the same time, many of the above tips can be included in office settings to ensure your team’s thriving work environment. Additionally, to learn more about successful business tips, read our article on The 3 Most Effective Business Meetings.
The Medbill Work Culture
At Medbill, we promote a work culture that encourages our team members to support one another and our customers daily. As a 100% U.S.-based DME billing company, we help our customers with their DME billing needs, claims submission, and more.
Contact a Medbill team member today to learn more.