The initial dust has settled after the shock of COVID-19 hit us all. Most of us are already home, safe with families, and working.
For some, it was a big change. For others, it was an adjustment.
One thought is with me all the time now: This will change the way we work and live, and it will stick. Often, the changes we introduce today stay with us for the long-term.
This is a part of an article series we created to help you implement a remote-first work environment with the help of MS Teams and Azure. Here you’ll find valuable tips to keep your business secure and efficient. See the additional articles here:
I took part in many calls with customers over the last few weeks. There is one common theme in those conversations. They often ask:
How to be efficient as an organization
and measure this efficiency in a remote environment?
As a company, we’ve already tested out some ways of achieving this. Here are the tips, tools, and methods we’ve been using for years to remain efficient while being remote.
The key is adoption and communication. Here is a good adoption pattern we know works for any organization size:
We know it works. And with the Adoption Toolkit for Microsoft Teams, you can’t go wrong.
With all-new services, people can get lost. If they do, it can lead to lost efficiency. Use the tools available to know if someone is struggling to maintain remote work productivity, such as:
Built-in tools can also be integrated with company-related HR metrics. The benefit? You can easily spot the places in the business where users are falling behind in adoption and usage. Use your trained ambassadors and approach those who are struggling with real use cases.
Digital tools have one advantage – you can analyze them and spot the “hubs” of your community. Use it!
Get to know what are the popular topics and who is a communication starter. Who engages in conversations? With the right service, such as Yammer, it is easy to find blind spots in communication.
Find out more by reading our case study from a pharmaceutical company.
It is a major recurring theme. This is a huge topic in its own right, but here are some quick tips on how to approach it:
How to do it?
This should help you with managing tasks.
What are we working on, and are we getting things done?
People will work on different schedules, take care of kids and home… How can you know who is overloaded? Or who has a smaller workload because of the shift in duties and business?
There are many solutions; I’m a big fan of the simplest ones possible. We have built such a system using one familiar tool – the calendar. People use it to track their tasks by assigning them to categories, such as project work, admin tasks, or marketing.
It is easy to gather this information and analyze it using Excel or Power BI.
We combine it with one extra element – a catalog of skills and availability for all the people in the company.
If you want to know how you can put it in place, just let us know. We will come back to you with the details.
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— Predica (@PredicaExperts) April 16, 2020
The steps and tools described above are what we use to make our organization efficient while remote and on a flexible schedule. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and found this information useful. And if you have, keep following our updates!
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