Weronika Niemczyk, Chief People Officer at ABBYY, an intelligent automation company, discusses how company culture has changed:
· Greater diversity: No longer restricted by geography, hiring managers could focus on finding candidates based on their skill set rather than their location.
· A more innovative, 'people-first' approach to technology: At the start of the pandemic, a survey commissioned by ABBYY revealed that three-quarters (74 percent) of remote staff experienced challenges. Now 64% of company leaders have adopted new technologies to alleviate the stress of working remotely.
· Greater flexibility: The focus is now on output rather than time spent at the office, and business leaders are starting to measure performance by output rather than the number of hours worked. It boils down to strong, effective management
· Better employee development and engagement: Policy benefits have shifted to prioritising employees on an individual basis and to attract and retain talent, we need to show consideration for individual needs.
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How can I manage a remote team?
Leverage technology to manage tasks, track productivity, enhance collaboration, share information, facilitate virtual meetings and ensure effective communication. Devise ways to make everyone feel like part of the team.
What is team management?
Coordinating a team of individuals to perform tasks that are geared towards achieving the set targets.
How do I build a company culture while working remotely?
Define the culture that you want and communicate it to your team. Lead your team by example in adopting the best practices towards a positive culture.
How do I increase the productivity of a remote team?
Encourage your remote team to stay focused, on task, on schedule, and focused. Empower your team with all they need for effective work.
How do I become a team manager?
Get the right training and acquire leadership skills such as listening, people, problem-solving, decision-making, and delegation skills among others.
What is the difference between a remote team and a virtual team?
Remote team – Team members work from different geographical locations but report to one manager.
Virtual team – Members can be working remotely or in the same location, but report to different managers.
How can I get a remote job?
Find the right freelance job sites for your skills, create a profile and upload your resume, then start sending applications to employers looking for your skills.
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