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Myths of Remote Work
Myth #1: Remote workers just want to watch Netflix all day.FALSEThe pessimistic managers picture their employees curled up under the blankets watching reruns of Seinfeld (it’s on Netflix again, by the way) and shirking all workplace responsibilities, but studies show this perception is false. When goals are clearly defined, and workers know what’s expected, they feel motivated to perform their best, whether in the office or at home. The best way to communicate? Try a Slack message.With Jell, you can set goals with your team and check in daily without wasting time in a meeting. Integrate these check-ins into your team’s workflow. All you need to do is:
- Set your schedule. Want to have your daily standup questions answered by 10 am EST? Great, you can schedule that. Schedule your standups at a time that suits your team’s needs.
- Configure your questions. Don’t want to ask your team the standard standup questions? Not a problem. Jell lets you edit the questions you ask your team. You can choose from text, list, multiple-choice, or number-style questions.
- Get your team on board. Once your team uses Jell, they’ll receive reminders to participate in their asynchronous standups.
Myth #2 Remote workers require expensive laptops and equipment.FALSEMost remote workers use their own laptops or desktop computers. If you can afford it, send them a work laptop, but it’s unnecessary. Worried about security? Have your IT team set up a secure workplace VPN, Duo Device 2FA, and 1Password Vault for your team. Other than needing a connection to the internet, they only need a laptop or desktop computer, a desk, and a chair to sit.
Myth #3 Remote workers are disconnected from their teammates.FALSERemote workers have every communication application: Google Meet, Zoom, Skype, Slack, and even good ol’ email. With Jell’s Slack integration, you can stay connected in various ways by sharing your schedule, sharing your daily tasks, blockers, and collaborating on goals. There’s no reason your team can’t stay connected with one another. This concern isn’t baseless as having a friend at work increases engagement and performance. When you’re in the office, it’s easy to walk over to your coworker’s desk and make conversation, but in a virtual environment, making connections requires effort. Even the office has its limitations. Sure, social hours capture a few coworkers as they’re heading out of the door. But what about the coworkers with after-hours obligations like picking their kids up from school or grocery shopping for their elderly mom? Virtual events allow everyone to be involved, regardless of where they’re located in the world or what obligation they may have. Some virtual activities we recommend:
- Play a round of two truths and a lie. It’s fun having your team guess what’s true and what’s not.
- Have your team take a personality quiz like the enneagram or the ancient Grecian “Four Temperaments.” Then, at your next meeting, compare results and chat about them.
- Start a #watercooler channel on Slack. Like a real watercooler, teammates can discuss anything from memes to the new Spiderman movie. This is an opportunity for teammates to bond on their interests regardless of time zone.