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11 Tips After 11 Weeks of Remote Working

For most of 2020 so far, COVID-19 has had us all in lockdown. Teams in organisations all over the world have had to radically adapt to remote working whilst maintaining productivity.

So let’s get straight to it – here’s 11 tips we want to share after 11 weeks of remote working in a FTSE100 tech company (with some GIFs thrown in for good measure):

1) Get to know new digital tools fast (e.g. Mural, Miro, funretro, Zoom)

MURAL is a digital workspace for visual collaboration


2) Create a social contract with your teams so that everyone is in agreement about how you’re going to work together.

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3) Build a new work routine so that your day has structure (kanban board, exercise, lunch break, meditation before and after work). Otherwise you are guaranteed to suffer from chronic cabin fever.

Work From Home Cute Animals GIF


4) Up your consciousnesses of yours, and your colleagues mental and physical wellbeing.

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5) Take facilitation more seriously. Start with sharing the purpose and agenda, and help the flow of the discussion. Make your meetings efficient.

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6) Embrace the nature around you (birds, the change in the sky, scenery) to give you the company you miss from your colleagues.

river mountain GIF


7) Give feedback and encouragement to others

you got this motivation GIF by SVU


8) Find time for fun and humour (e.g. set a weekly challenge for your colleagues, schedule a friday ‘happy hour’ call or kick mondays off with a game on Zoom)

GIF by Tom Foolery Photo Booth


9) Switch up your focus from time to time by creating space for your own personal growth and development

 cat book reading read GIF


10) We have lost one of our senses (sight) so offset with the use of data (e.g. Team Moods, Jira).

bruce almighty quiz GIF by Coventry University


11) Find your own gratitude for the positives that have been created in your life through this change of working, and allow your energy to flow towards these and not to the areas that you can’t control.

quote winning GIF by GaryVee


And a bonus tip…

Be nice(r) to people.

Why?

“Regardless of what we discover, we understand and truly believe that everyone did the best job they could, given what they knew at the time, their skills and abilities, the resources available, and the situation at hand.”

So there we have it, our 11 tips for remote working.

Stay safe & stay happy everyone.

Alex Bluckert
Alex discovered agile in 2017, moving from a career in commercial teams to a Scrum Master role in a pilot agile squad. Alex quickly fell in love with the role and working in agile, and has since been at the forefront of scaling and rolling out of agile to more than fifty squads as well as being Chapter lead to a growing band of Scrum Masters. Alex combines a mix of humour with the odd awkward ice breaker, a focus on leading and facilitating growth through experiential learning whilst being tuned into the relationships between the needs of the business, customer and agile values and principles.

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