The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we lead and how the workplace looks. The remote working trend got on the fast track when closures were put into place across the country. Restrictions are beginning to ease, but ‘business as usual’ has many wondering what exactly ‘usual’ will look like.
Though it has been almost two years since the pandemic changed our world, one thing is still clear this situation is going to be around for a while. As businesses navigate these uncertain times, the project manager has to ensure the project team can work together even though they are apart.
How Project Management Moves Forward From a Distance
Thinking about the office set up in the future, it may be that your team members work from wherever they can perform best. This change might mean members come into the office a few days a week, or it might just mean an occasional team meeting while work is performed remotely.
Whichever working environment your business chooses, you want to be sure to contribute to your employee’s overall well-being and productivity. Being flexible will benefit both employees and your clients.
Lead With Technology
Businesses will needs technology to connect their project team. Having effective communication is a top priority for any type of business working on projects. Investing in new technology will help keep the lines of communication open. As a result, you will experience major improvements in the output of your employees.
Project managers have to provide the project team with everything they need to complete their tasks. It is essential they are able to engage in real-time conversations with each individual. The project team also have to have the ability to comment on ongoing tasks, share ideas, and share files. Providing this technology will go a long way to making sure the well-being of your employees is the best you can offer.
Using a project management software is a great tool for tracking productivity. The tool will allow project managers to compare and analyze productivity and the output coming from the remote workplace versus the office. When project managers can understand productivity, they are better equipped to help the project team manage their responsibilities. This information can allow project managers to propose alternative working styles.
Lead with Empathy and Work-Life Balance
One important factor to remember for all project managers, business owners, and everyone working in this new environments created by COVID-19 is that we need to lead with empathy. The crisis is not over, and workers are still trying to establish new routines to be as productive as possible. While technology is making remote workplaces more effective and efficient, we all still have to remember to be more innovative, connected, and compassionate.
Where to Learn More About Leading From a Distance
Orchestrating Your Success LLC can show you how to lead from a distance successfully. Don’t let the pandemic put your business in a state of fear and frustration, let Orchestrating Your Success LLC help you overcome your fears and frustrations to deliver your next project on-time, within budget and with Confidence!
Orchestrating Your Success LLC is a Phoenix-based project management company. Orchestrating Your Success LLC works with public, private and government organizations to restructure the way they engage their projects by integrating the appropriate tools and techniques of project management. As a result, you will save on time, be more productive and have an orderly process to rely on.