How COVID-19 completely changed the way we work
Mita Srinivasan
10x Industry

How COVID-19 completely changed the way we work

Remote work has been around for quite some time, but the global Coronavirus pandemic has forced more than ever into virtual teamwork - primarily by the suggestions of worldwide government officials. In this contributed piece, Demetrius Harrison from Nowsourcing along with TimeToREply created a piece to best visually explain and understand how to work in the remote age for the coronavirus economy.

Although the spike in remote work is only temporary and still very new, operating away from the traditional workplace has already changed what workers need to remain successful. Loneliness, lack of management, and system overhauls are the primary obstacles preventing remote workers from doing their best work - especially during the state of pandemia. Without presence in a physical office, managers will have to learn new ways to judge their team’s productivity - such as using Zoom for video conferencing. Without this oversight, remote workers can face difficulties managing their time and following routine processes.

For many companies, moving to an entirely virtual remote office has come along with implementing new systems and procedures. Doing so helps employees develop new habits such as keeping documentation of work interaction and learning virtual-only documentation.

However, not all employees have faced obstacles in their remote transition. In fact, many enjoy the flexible work arrangement. 89% say they’re able to take better care of themselves following their COVID-influenced remote work, 80% are less stressed, and 65% are more productive at home rather than in the office.

If you’re struggling to adjust, you’re not alone. There are many things you can do to improve your virtual skills, as well as a lot of technology that can improve your workflow.

The first step you should take in improving your distance work engagement is to learn remote coworking etiquette. This is especially important for those of you involved in teamwork. To do this, try online collaboration platforms that are designed to help remote teams engage together, such as Slack.

Teams are not used to working remotely will need support to retain their efficiency and effectiveness. Optimizing your productivity will help your team adapt and keep themselves on track with real time analytics and reporting platforms.

On the other hand, and more personal to you as a worker, consider upgrading your WiFi service. With students and parents working from home, it’s easy for your wireless connection to become bogged down. Use 5 and 6 GHz networks since they are ideal for connecting to business platforms, teleconferencing, streaming, and transferring large files. In wake of COVID-19, you should also check on your ISP. AT&T and many more have gone on to announce they are temporarily halting caps on broadband service.

Whether temporary or not, distance work will always be around. Check out the infographic below for more information on remote work in the Coronavirus Economy.

How COVID-19 completely changed the way we work