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The Five Levels of Remote Work - and why you're probably at Level 2

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The Five Levels of Remote Work - and why you're probably at Level 2
COVID-19 has forced companies the world over to enact - or create - remote working protocols. The likes of Box, Amazon, Airbnb, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have all told their employees some variation of "work from home". But so too are more traditional organisations across fields such as real estate, accounting and local government.

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The pandemic has forced companies the world over to move to remote working protocols. But like most things worth doing, there are different levels of proficiency and sophistication to scale.

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Level 1: Non-Deliberate Action

Most organizations were at level one prior to the new virus outbreak where nothing deliberate has been done by the company to support remote work.
  • Employees can still offer a goo...

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Level 2: Recreating the Office Online

Most organizations are at level 2. This is where employees have access to videoconferencing and instant messaging software as well as email, and they try to recreate online, how they wor...

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Level 3: Adapting to the medium

Here, organizations start to adapt to and take advantage of the medium.

  • Companies use shared documents that are visible to all and updated in real-time during a discussion.

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Level 4: Asynchronous Communication

Level Four: ‘I’ll get to it when it suits me.’
Asynchronous communication allows knowledge workers time to make better decisions because they have time to think, create, and get int...

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Awaken the Night Owls

Studies found that about 30 to 40 percent of the population are night owls, meaning that the modern 9-to-5 workday is sabotaging creative and intellectual efforts.

While early risers ...

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Level 5: 'Nirvana'

This is where your distributed team works better than any in-person team, emphasizing environment design as far as the organization's culture and physical environment is concerned.

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Cons new remote teams face

  • Employees have to make time to be in the office for team bonding and building events. They also make an effort to introduce people who have not met in person.
  • Working online removes ...

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HR departments worldwide are fueling the use of technology to have a way to control the employees that are now no longer in the office.

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