The concept of remote work had already started to gain popularity over the past few years. However, now with the coronavirus pandemic forcing people to remain inside, companies are finally beginning to embrace it wholeheartedly as well. After all, it is the concept of remote work that has allowed them to ensure continuity of business to at least some degree, if not wholly. Besides the apparent reason, i.e., the need, there is yet another reason why the concept is rapidly finding growing acceptance in the business world: Benefits. Several studies over the years have conclusively shown that working remotely allows people to be more productive as well as healthier. Among other things, the concept also will enable them to establish and maintain a significantly better work-life balance. What this translates into is better retention rates for the company, improved satisfaction rates for employees, etc.

So far, so good, right? Unfortunately, things start to get tricky when it comes to implementing it, especially when it is not properly strategized. And given that a whole lot of companies have been compelled to adopt the concept in a rather rushed manner, suffice it to say that there was not much time to plan and execute the adoption properly. To cut a long story short — this can lead to companies running into a lot of problems, which are unfortunately common when it comes to the adoption of remote work as an integral part of their operational strategy. However, we have listed some of the common issues to help you avoid these problems.

  1. Managing projects: One of the critical challenges faced in this regard is the proper management of projects when the team is not in the same place. The lack of physical presence can take a massive toll on the execution of projects. Thankfully, this problem is efficiently dealt with by leveraging remote management tools that allow managers to assign tasks to the team via a centralised platform easily, monitor their teams’ progress, get updates, send reminders, and so much more.
  2. Seamless communication: Yet another critical problem associated with remote work is the lack of transparent communication, which is a vital part of any successful team. So, how do you do that when every member of your team is in a different location? The answer to this problem is found in deciding a primary channel of communication that is virtual and enables instant communication.
  3. Collaboration: It is an essential constituent of a productive team; unfortunately, that seems nay impossible when the staff is not in the same office. That’s not true — with the right collaboration tools, one can work and collaborate with their teammates just as they would in office. Some recommendations include Microsoft SharePoint, Google Docs, etc.

Clearly, despite all its seemingly countless benefits, remote work does come with its own set of problems. However, all of these are quickly tended to with the right remote working solutions in your arsenal. So, be sure to pick them after careful consideration of your business’ unique requirements.

Author's Bio: 

Kaushal Shah manages digital marketing communications for the enterprise technology services provided by Rishabh Software. The article focuses on the most common problems of remote working and best practices/solutions to get rid of them.