The Five Levels of Remote Work - and why you're probably at Level 2
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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 into the flow state. When sending messages:
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 work in the office. Examples include:
Here, organizations start to adapt to and take advantage of the medium.
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.
Just because you have tools like Zoom, Slack, and email, does not mean you will be efficient. Tools are only as good as how you use them.
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.
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.
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 are more alert in the morning, night owls show sharper focus and longer attention spans ten hours after waking. Asynchronous companies benefit from night owls but require a functional overlap between them and their colleague's day.
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