We’re always on the lookout for people who are embracing a modern, flexible way to work. One such person who works remotely is Sean Kim, an entrepreneur, in-demand blogger and speaker. Sean is the creator of thegrowthlist.com—a resource for personal growth, digital marketing, entrepreneurship and productivity. He also contributes to AskMen and The Huffington Post.
Here are 3 critical tips from Sean on staying productive and working effectively as a remote worker in 2015.
1. The key for a remote team continues to be communication.
“Whether you’re an employee working remotely, or a business owner with clients, partners, or employees, you can’t avoid the importance of communication,” says Sean.
And what are his top platforms for staying on top of communicating with his various teams?
Right now, Sean uses Skype for one-on-one meetings or group video calls. Basecamp, Trello and Asana are favorites for project management communication. Last, for group conversation, Sean relies on Slack, now one of the fastest growing workplace software platforms available.
2. Impactful output is more important than presence for remote teams.
“The biggest misconception [people have about cultivating culture on remote teams] is the belief that because there is no face-to-face interactions in the office, such as in-person meetings, that the team will be less efficient and effective.”
But Sean says how the opposite is actually the case.
“Transitioning into a remote environment, the team is able to foster a result-driven culture, where it’s not about how much time you spend in the office, but how much results you’re bringing to the table.”
3. 2015’s most driven workers want to be rewarded for their results, not by the number of hours they are present in the office.
Sean argues how the traditional 9-5 office setup isn’t the most optimal way to operate a growing business today, pointing out—for starters—we simply don’t have to work that way anymore.
“An average commuter wastes 38 hours per year commuting to the office alone, and for more metropolitan cities, such as LA and NYC, it’s around 60 hours per year.” Inefficiency for individuals and organizations does not end there; just because an employee is physically in the office, it doesn’t mean they are working—something some leaders must begin to realize when it comes to trusting people to work remotely.
“When they arrive at the office, an average employee wastes 25% of their time in unproductive activities, and is usually in an environment where distractions from co-workers is inevitable,” explains Sean.
Sean explains a mindset change is holding back certain companies that have yet to embrace flexible and more productive work setups.
“This is mostly because larger corporations and business owners are still rewarding employees for their time spent in the office, not for the results they are producing.”
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Kim Sykes is a marketer and content creator at Edoc Service, Inc., a total virtual company