Do you have a strategy for managing virtual teams?
The trends, motivations and statistics behind the rise in remote working in last week
Mike joined the business in 2004 when the office in Harrogate opened and was key in establishing this. He was instrumental in building the administrative team and in driving the growth of the business throughout Europe.
Mike fought his illness with an amazing spirit, continuing to be involved in the business and remaining strong and positive throughout his treatment. He was a warm, caring and supportive leader and will be truly missed by everybody.
The office will be closed on Friday 8th April 2016 so the team can attend Mike
Have you ever considered the incredible effects of mindsets on the ways in which our brains operate? Recent research is quite fascinating; in short, we can apparently change the way our brains work on a physical level, simply by altering the things that we think and talk about! On one level, this is amazing, because simply by practicing gratitude, we can rewire our brains for positivity.
On another, it is quite alarming: We all know how easy it is to slip into a cycle of negative thinking, and according to some researchers complaining could actually be killing you through the stress you generate. Worrying, right?
Even if you think that this sounds a little far-fetched, there are some important things that we can take away from the research. One particular aspect that struck me, and one that psychologists agree on, is that negativity breeds negativity, both in yourself and others. If this is the case, how does it translate to the workplace?
Whilst a whingeing session with colleagues may feel cathartic, it
Fatigue, anxiety, lack of focus and feelings of hopelessness and despair are all common when suffering from work-related stress.
Not to mention the migraines, stomach problems and physical symptoms which often accompany stress and increased levels of tension at work.
Not only are these effects extremely unpleasant for the individual, but they also have grave consequences for an organisation.
High stress levels amongst a team or workforce can have a direct and negative knock-on effect on how your employees interact with clients, how well they can achieve their goals and the way that they cooperate with their co-workers.
Alongside that, stress is directly associated with higher sickness rates, poor workforce health levels and lower productivity.
Make no mistake; stress seriously damages your workforce, on an individual and organisational level. The truth is, a stressed employee is seldom a productive employee, which is why managing stress is such a key-task for managers and leaders today.
Stress as a by-product of 21st century business culture
If you’re a manager or business owner, then you can be sure that most of your employees have experienced work-related stress or anxiety at some point in their career. Indeed many of us will openly admit to stress and pressure being an accepted part of our daily work.
With increased job uncertainty and lack of financial stability for businesses and companies across the globe, and a constant trend of change in the present business culture, it’s no wonder that job-strain and pressure are a part of the average workplace.
People are working longer hours, giving themselves less leisure time and micromanagement is still rife in many organisations.
The subjectivity of job strain
There’s no doubt that external stress factors play a huge role in levels of workplace anxiety and job strain.
Nonetheless, the real challenge in understanding the causes of individual workplace stress lies in the highly subjective and individual nature of the problem. Stress and tension both take very different guises in each one of your employees.
This means that combating stress involves understanding what the “stress buttons” are for each of your people, helping them to foresee possible stressful situations and to manage those situations better, collaboratively.
These things may initially seem trivial to you, because you have your own subjective “stress buttons
As the economy bites harder, and as the job market experiences the full effects right across the UK and Europe, the competition for vacant positions has inevitably increased dramatically.
This also means that your hiring managers have to trawl through many more CVs to find the finest talent in your industry!
With some studies claiming between 25-50 applications per vacancy in the UK, it’s not only applicants who have some serious work to do when it comes to finding the right job-fit.It’s a mammoth task for any organisation to identify the best, most promising talent, especially when theirs is such a wealth to choose from.
The number of (often very similar) CVs that an average HR manager or hiring manager has to sift through to create a shortlist for any given position not only takes up a huge chunk of their time, but is a task which also begs the question as to how useful the CV is in predicting performance anyway?
Can we really find the right person in the current sea of talent using only the trusty curriculum vitae to light our way?
Let’s go back a few years, into the not too distant past…
Do you remember the days, when we used to employ people almost solely on the basis of their CVs?
If you’ve ever been responsible for the success (or failure) of a team before, then you’ll know how difficult it can be to get each member firing on all cylinders and working together in harmony and unison – developing seriously effective teams can certainly be a huge hurdle.
The Challenges of Virtual Teams and Remote Workers
Well, imagine if you’d never even met your team before, and had to manage their productivity, motivation and teamwork, from a totally different location on the globe, without ever coming face to face with ANY of them…
…a daunting thought for some, yet a reality for many people managers of today.
The rise of the virtual team and the remote worker has altered the way in which we think about people management, and has thrown up new challenges for us all to overcome.
Whilst many organisations resist the “remote revolution
If there’s one thing that all successful business leaders and entrepreneurs know, it’s that making mistakes can be a hugely positive learning experience.
Well, a wise man once said that our mistakes guide us towards perfection, as we get opportunities to learn from our mistakes and do things better next time.
The thing is, if you’re a manager or leader responsible for motivating and mobilising a team of employees or executives, you may not actually be able to afford to keep making management mistakes