Improving The Virtual Workplace Amidst The Coronavirus: An Israeli Perspective
As international borders become blocked off and the labor force is compelled to work from home, how can we keep our businesses afloat? And how can we use the coronavirus outbreak as an opportunity to improve our use of virtual teams?
It’s All About Maintaining A Routine – So Create A Stable One
Whether you’re planning on meeting with your virtual team every day, every week or even every few months, keeping a consistent routine is crucial. In a time like this when the public is overwhelmed with fear of the unknown, scheduling a periodic meeting can give your business a comforting sense of stability. This is something that the more informal Israeli culture could struggle with. It can be difficult for them to stick to clear-cut dates and schedules. Nonetheless, as the coronavirus spreads and panic rises, familiarity is key. Instead of telling your coworkers “OK, we’ll talk about that later,” try suggesting “OK, let’s have a meeting about that at this same time next week.”
Effective time management is a huge factor that adds to the dynamic of a fixed routine. Concrete deadlines can help give you and your business a sense of accomplishment. Create routines and expectations that keep your business on track during this time of rapid change.
The coronavirus is unpredictable. Let your work routine be a source of stability.
Virtual Water Cooler Conversations Are Key
Water cooler chat is what happens when you’re away from your desk talking about sports, hobbies, entertainment and family. What may seem at first like a productivity killer can actually be the opposite. This lighthearted small talk gives you and your coworkers an opportunity to develop an enjoyable, social atmosphere. After all, the key to enjoying where you work is feeling like you are in a place where you can communicate freely. This idea of building rapport is quintessential in Israeli business culture, and part of the reason why Israelis are so successful.
Virtual working can make it difficult to keep these informal water cooler conversations alive. Conference calls and formal emails leave little room for niceties. Video chats and phone calls are for business only, small talk can wait. This mindset can harm your virtual workplace. Allow for some friendly chit-chat, even during e-work. Before getting into the business content of a Zoom call, start off with an appropriate personal touch. Family and current events can be great conversation starters.
In general, the secret is to invest our time into working in more virtual teams. WhatsApp, Monday, Skype and Zoom are just a few of the efficient applications that can help us build a virtual workplace. This is a great opportunity to make the most out of what we have in the comfort of our own offices and homes. Fortunately, we live in an age where telecommunication is extremely powerful. With the help of applications, working remotely has never been easier.
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