Remote working is second nature to us. We have been doing it with teams around the world for more than 25 years.
Things have changed a lot in those years. Better tech and tools have helped a lot. Something that hasn’t changed is the commitment and effort it takes to keep teams and people connected and moving in the same direction.
We now find ourselves consulting for others who have been forced with varying degrees of enthusiasm into operating remotely. Witnessing their struggles reinforces how essential it is to have leaders who are committed to the process.
I know all change management gurus and books say this but it is so true: everyone has best intentions and agrees to adopt new working practices but you can guarantee that won’t be the reality.
Some will adapt more quickly than others but until it is baked into workflows and core practices, there will be resistance.
There comes a point where personnel changes have to be made and those that are unyielding have to move on. The sooner those decisions are made and implemented the easier it is for everyone to make progress.
In our experience, it’s easy to underestimate the time it will take for a business to take up new working practices. Typically, it’s double what you think it’s going to be.
At Rushmans, we want to share our knowledge and experience of working with - and as part of - a cohesive team. If you would like an informal chat or opinion with no obligation at all, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at email@example.com.