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The biggest conversation around the world at the moment is all about COVID-19, Corona Virus. Savvy businesses around the world are harnessing technology and taking grand measures to ensure the seamless flow of their operations.
Those industries and businesses in a position to be able to make the switch may have already done so or are in the process of doing so. Companies like Google, Slack, Zoom, and Microsoft have come on board offering some of their premium paid project management tools for free. In order to assist businesses and schools are able to stay connected.
The Future is Now
Obviously this is not something that will be able to suit every business or employee due to the nature of their jobs. But for those who can, it will be life-changing in so many positive ways you might not want to go back to the way it was before.
Here at Pixel & Ink, we are not lone rangers, we have always worked remotely very successfully with our team, industry partners and clients. And despite what people may think, it is not all pajamas, dressing gowns and Netflix binges between a little bit of work. Okay fine, there is a little bit of it….But we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Technology has afforded us an abundance of communications options that can manage just about any type of information sharing on the go. Things like proofing work, writing emails, website checks, information and content sharing can all be done easily on a mobile phone. So if you have
a sick child or need to take someone to the dentist, your whole working life doesn’t come to a standstill you just manage everything on the go. Enabling us to run teams, projects, and families mostly seamlessly without skipping a beat.
Remote teams are not a concept of the future, Digital Nomads have long roamed the earth. You will have seen them in your local coffee shop armed with earphones, a mobile phone, a laptop, and other devices. Wide-eyed and frantically scanning the room for all of the plug points, charging space, the fastest WiFi and bottomless coffee on planet earth. They might look a bit scruffy, totally exhausted and equally immersed in what they are doing. These intrepid entrepreneurs of the travel world are running empires from their coffee shop space, with more stamps in their passport than most other mortals.
e-Residency is now even a thing. Estonia pioneered the digital nomad visa going as far as to offer e-Residency too all kinds of freelancers, digital entrepreneurs, and nomads. Nomadic communities are thriving and growing at exponential rates. More and more countries are coming to the party and starting to offer Digital Nomads visas.
Today with so many travel restrictions, Digital Nomads are just staying put and getting on with it. Their business resumes as usual. And so should ours.
How to Make it Work for You
Most businesses run some part of their operations online, so if your industry or role is able to, it could be time to prepare to join the Work from Home (WFH) movement. You may have kids at home while you are trying to transition to the whole remote team thing and it could feel a bit surreal. Here are some tips to get you through.
Chat to your team, employees, and clients and find out if they would be open to testing a WFH arrangement and you may be surprised as to how open everybody is. This could be the step you have been waiting for but have been too scared to take or something you have wanted to trial for a while. We are all being catapulted into a brand new way of working, for those who didn’t work like this before and it is going to be revolutionary.
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