Over the past few years, remote collaboration opportunities have found their way in various industries. While some of the more lucrative jobs had the ‘work-from-anywhere’ scheme for their employees from the very beginning, the pandemic of 2019, COVID-19, turned out to be a harbinger for the WFH Revolution, transforming the add-on into a necessity.
But are we ready?
Spoiler alert: Yes, we are.
The Challenges of Alternative Workspaces
A little over a couple of decades ago, AT&T experimented. On the fateful day of September 20, 1994, about 32,000 of its employees sat back at home and commuted to work through telecommunication.
Today, AT&T is a world leader in Virtual Offices and Alternative Workspaces. But this can’t be said for all the other organizations that failed to prepare for a situation.
The common challenges faced by these companies include:
- The Industrial Culture
Our traditional organizational structure is designed for intensive face-to-face interactions. Remote collaboration is a different ballgame altogether. Employees tend to lose a sense of common identity and the touch of company culture. Peer-influence vanishes, and the procrastinating workers eventually end up with low morale and connection.
- Communication Barriers in Team Collaboration
Asking for updates and general information from colleagues in offices is pretty straightforward — everyone is just a few physical steps away. But collaboration is a real challenge when every team member works remotely. The transparency within the team falls steeply. This leads to confusion and conflict among the team members.
- Linking Tasks with Productivity
The effects of remote work from home have been discussed extensively, and many say that it may not be a viable option in the long run in terms of the employees’ morale and productivity. This is all the more challenging for big organizations as they are bound with pre-set processes even though investing in task trackers or other productivity tools to boost their organization’s yearly yield.
- Investment in Tools & Training
Many companies that didn’t take their infrastructure online (cloud-based) faced a lot of trouble when they were asked to continue their operations remotely. Investing in the right kind of technology was the biggest challenge for almost every company in today’s time.
How Zippi Can Make A Difference
Zippi by PeopleStrong is the most competitive business collaboration software an organization can hope to find. Used by more than 350,000 people all over the world, the service supports over 250 companies in their revenue growth.
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- Fosters Workplace Communications
Clear communication between the team members is the most fundamental requirement for a collaborative work environment. Irregularities in approach within an organization can cause unforeseen problems for the company. With Zippi, you can use the pre-designed employee-groups for all your divisions to help employees connect better. There are options to create smaller squads that can solve the whole communication problem for your company with agility.
- Goal-Oriented Approach
As companies shift their approach more towards the output without caring much about the process, it’s the perfect opportunity for companies to grant their employees a certain degree of freedom. With Zippi, organizations will never drift from their goals as the employees will be alerted about their deadlines and objectives regularly.
- Digital Collaborative Tool
If your work requires people with different skill-sets to work together, Zippi can help you achieve that with agility, while keeping the company culture in mind. With intuitive functionalities such as group assignments and threaded conversations, Zippi is easily the best task management software out there.
- Bridging the Gap Between Planning & Execution
Through Zippi, the C-Suite, the managers, the workers — all of them can use and work on a common platform, bridging the gap between planning and hands-on execution of the tasks.
Moreover, features such as appreciations and polls acting as reinforcements ensure that all the employees remain connected and engaged even if they’re miles apart.
- AI-driven Collaboration
Apart from offering task management and collaboration solutions, Zippi diligently makes use of Artificial Intelligence through our inhouse Chatbot – Jinie that answers all the employee queries, nudges about your pending tasks, periodical reminders on unread emails, integrate with existing HR systems and much more
Ever since the industrial revolution, work became more and more demanding as companies shifted their approach to becoming actively goal-driven. It became all the more demanding when we started working remotely.
Today, companies come up with better and more innovative solutions for remote collaboration; so that there’s a fire to showcase their output. This has led them to neglect the process and become more goal-oriented. In today’s uncertain times, companies demand an integrated, connected, and collaborative systems to drive productivity across the organization.