The office of the future may not be an office at all. Twenty to thirty million people currently work from home at least one day a week. There’s telecommuting, flex schedules, out-of-town clients, and global accounts! This new culture depends on conference calls, webinars, and e-mail – a big change from the traditional agency culture rooted in regular face-to-face team meetings, in-person presentations, and water cooler rendezvous. Whether it is an AE frustrated at the inability to read the nonverbal cues of a client, or a Creative Director worried about employees sitting at home eating bon bon’s and doing laundry when they should be polishing a creative brief – the trend of working remotely presents challenges for everyone.
This program uncovers a new set of best practices for navigating the virtual workforce including tips for solidifying a foundation of trust, giving and receiving feedback remotely, and keeping energy and morale up. By setting clear goals, providing direction, and outlining a communication plan, every employee has clarity to be more productive and connected within the agency and client – even from a distance.
Participants leave this workshop with the ability to:
- Set clear expectations when it comes to logistics like working hours, lunch, meetings, and more
- Create a “Team Operating Agreement” to lay a foundation of trust and cohesiveness
- Avoid common virtual communication problems that decrease productivity
- Trust colleagues by resisting the urge to micromanage project work
- Implement fun ideas to promote teamwork, build relationships, and readily share information
- Keep individuals engaged through recognition and informal and day-to-day feedback
- Read between the words and keep clients engaged during remote presentations
This enlightening program takes the guesswork out of navigating the virtual workplace to be connected and successful from a distance.