Then earlier this week, David tweeted:
“Companies new to remote work are in for a bit of shock treatment. Yes, it’s going to be confusing and frustrating when you try to go from none to all in a day. But these are skills and habits you can learn. It’s not magic. Here’s a comms guide.”
It’s an EXCELLENT comms guide. We strongly urge you to check it out.
Gapingvoid is a very remote-centric company as well, with employees scattered all over the country, with clients, even more so. So from what we’ve learned, three additional thoughts:
- Remote working tends to shift the emphasis from verbal communication to written communication. As handy as Skype and Zoom are, nobody wants to spend six hours a day on them. Be ready and act accordingly
- Crises tend to accelerate society along. A good example is a hundred years ago, during the First World War. With all the men fighting at the front, millions of women suddenly found themselves doing “men’s work” i.e working in munition factories. This caused such a dramatic social shift, it led to women getting the vote. So we’re thinking this current crisis will lead to other long term social shifts, everything from homeschooling to remote working to our relationship with globalism and especially, China. Watch this space.
- As our friend, Mark says, ‘Culture happens in the spaces between people’. And so yes, these spaces do need to be consciously filled. Connections need to be facilitated, conversations held, off and on the record both need to happen. Though the culture may have to change, it still needs to exist. Helping companies build strong cultures remotely is already a huge industry, but just wait, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet…