How to work remotely and not die trying

The first of May is a holiday that celebrates International Worker’s Day around the world. Culture and different labor movements have made differences in the celebration of this date, but almost everyone has a day in which they remember the “eight-hour day movement”: eight hours to work, eight hours to live, eight hours to rest.

This movement, which marked a labor revolution, is still behind us today and even seems too unflexible. The industry has evolved with the arrival of technology, which has modified the way we work, and even more so the way we want to work. In parallel, the concept of family, linked to these “eight hours to live”, has been reinvented with the incorporation of women working outside the home.

We live in the era of “online”, the prelude to what promises to be the greatest labor revolution since the “eight-hour day movement”. Some people know it as “remote working”, “smart working”, or “workshifting”, but the trend is clear, we evolve toward goal-setting, and we forget about the classic office. The theory is easy, but do we really know what workshifting is and what it brings? It is necessary to know this movement in depth to modernize our business and adapt it to this way of life that is being imposed in many countries. Are our companies really ready to make the leap to remote working? Let’s do some analysis on it.

What is Smart Working or Workshifting?

Smart working or workshifting is an evolution of remote work that focuses on achieving goals and achieving maximum work efficiency. The smart working features are as follows:

  • Each team member must know their objectives and priorities, as well as having an efficient work plan developed.
  • Each team member should know the time it takes to achieve such goals, as well as have approximations for the accomplishment of tasks. It is important to set goals and accomplish them.
  • Each team member must have the technology — both hardware and software — necessary to stay connected and be in continuous contact with their team.
  • Unlike traditional remote work, the company encourages each team member to be able to adapt to work remotely from any location.

What are the advantages of remote work?

There are many advantages of Smart working or Workshifting which are the following:

  • It gives greater responsibility and autonomy to the team.
  • Reinforces proactivity.
  • Save costs on facilities and travel.
  • Team members have a greater sense of freedom.
  • Encourages achievement of objectives.
  • It improves communication.
  • Creates a new business culture
  • Prevents distractions and improves worker performance.

Is my company ready for Workshifting?

Before your company jumps into this mode of work, you need to make sure that:

  • Each member of your team knows their tasks and the workflow of the company. The organization chart and responsibilities must be clear to avoid overlapping tasks or working in isolation due to lack of communication.
  • Your team has a deep-rooted business culture that you can move to the new working method. A team with a lack of cohesion is not a good team.
  • Your team dominates ICT or has the information or training necessary to master them autonomously.
  • You have a powerful and centralized synchronization and management software that incorporates the possibility of holding meetings in a single click. [Have you tried ;) ]
  • Your team knows the rules of information security and occupational hazards associated with your remote job.

If your company meets all these requirements, congratulations! You are ready to join the change! Otherwise, it is better for you to be prepared and to improve each of the basic aspects. The labor revolution is just around the corner.

Should I adopt this way of working?

If you still have not convinced yourself why your company should make the leap, we leave you with various statistics on the benefits of the evolution of remote work in the world.