Barriers to effective remote teams
1. A perceived lack of accountability
Workplace complexities arise when there is a disconnect between teams. It's essential that there is an understanding of roles and responsibilities across the board.
2. Excessive work apps and tools
Managing multiple teams remotely means communication over multiple platforms. For founders/CEOs, honing in on a specific team or business to track progress may become an arduous task (without the right tools, of course).
3. A tendency to micromanage
Regardless of the lack of control or uncertainty leaders may feel when managing teams remotely, constant monitoring or 'pinging' is never the answer. Rather, establishing a system of transparency and trust amongst employees can give leaders visibility on what everyone is working on.
4. Greater chances of burnout
When running or working at a fast-growing startup, there is no time to do nothing. Things need to be addressed on short notice, and it is difficult to create clear boundaries between work time and personal time.
5. Information silos
Access to information from top to bottom is necessary for any leader/founder/CEO to make well-informed and reactive decisions. Information silos are exacerbated when teams are communicating through computer screens — inadvertently, important information can get lost, and productivity suffers.
According to a study by McKinsey, activities which take up 20 percent of CEO’s working time could be automated using existing technologies.
How can tech founders and leaders use technology to support remote work operations or breaking down internal silos? Here's one way:
eFeed: Manage your remote business effortlessly
Think of us as the executive assistant you never had. We'll make your apps come to you, so you don't have to run after them.
Here's how it works:
- Curate your feed: Choose the apps you want to track on the eFeed dashboard, and then watch us create a highly personalised real-time feed, where you can track all your workplace updates.
- Prioritise your inbound notifications: On days when a specific team needs more attention, you can curate your feed to prioritise updates from that team—for example, by turning off updates from other Slack channels or using the 'save for later' feature which puts your high-priority tasks and updates in a separate feed.
- Zoom in/Zoom out: Our machine learning technology pays attention to which updates you interact with the most, and highlight those on your dashboard. Leaders can keep a bird's eye view over all their operations, without having to get into the weeds with every little snag or hitch in the workplace.
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