Organizations around the world are learning how business will evolve during 2020. Many organizations are even looking to the future where remote work may become more permanent. This means launching new strategic plans and initiatives completely remotely for the first time.
A strong strategic plan plots out where your business is and where it’s headed. It enables the opportunity to define your mission, your values, and supporting goals and initiatives. In this time of social and economic uncertainty, the importance of a strategic plan can’t be overstated.
It’s important to ensure the continuity of your plan & where new strategies are needed. In particular, assess where remote work plans need to be developed or adjusted.
We’ve put together a few tips for mastering strategic plans and initiatives in your newly established remote work environment.
Alignment has always been important. It drives the cascading of work throughout the organization. From executives to front line employees, proper alignment ensures everyone understands what is important and why it’s a focus.
Now that your company may be temporarily or permanently remote, alignment is more important than ever.
Ensure strong alignment across your organization and plans. Where required, add principles for remote work into your mission statement and values. State how your organization is committed to accomplishing its mission with a fully remote workforce. Identify what goals and initiatives must be focused on to successfully ensure long term business continuity remote.
Distributed work environments were growing in popularity before today. Unfortunately, the transition was accelerated for many organizations, creating gaps in plans and initiatives. Closing the gaps is crucial to long-term success.
While always important, ensure transparency is a focus. When people can’t easily walk around for updates or a pulse check, virtual transparency is key.
Leverage dashboards that reflect the progress of your company’s strategic goals and initiatives. The previous method of an in-office poster or dashboard on the office TV no longer works. Find ways to distribute updates and status virtually. Keeping people connected to company objectives and accomplishments is key to an engaged organization.
The kneejerk reaction of many organizations is to find ways to monitor individual activity. While it may work for some teams, many individuals reject the micromanagement. This either occurs through worse results or disengagement. Instead, find ways to promote intrinsic motivation.
Give employees ownership of their own accountability. Leverage standard update processes as a checkpoint for accountability. Before forcing micromanagement tools, find ways to empower employees to own their own success and accountability.
With a shift to remote work, devise policies to increase and maintain engagement, productivity, and accountability.
Tech Republic recently identified 10 ideas companies should include in their remote policies. We’ve highlighted a few below, with our added thoughts:
Culture is key. Without a strong culture, employee engagement declines, leading to decreased results and execution. A remote work environment creates an exciting and challenging opportunity to create a new work culture. One that is conducive to both in-office and remote workers.
In addition to our specific recommendations on a strong remote culture, here are a few ideas:
A shift to remote changes the way plans and processes can be managed. No more chasing folks down the halls. Status meetings, which were already ineffective, are now even harder. With these increased difficulties, planning and execution processes may be forced to evolve.
It’s essential for industry leaders to think long-term for executing plans and initiatives with a growing remote workforce. And the key to success is continuing to implement your goals, plans, and initiatives.
And let’s be real, the previous manual methods may not be successful while remote. Find ways to improve the processes related to collecting updates, tracking initiatives, and reporting progress. This will keep the execution of your most important initiatives on track.
Purpose-built software and improved processes increase the ability to effectively execute strategic plans, even with a remote team.
AchieveIt is the platform that large organizations use to get their biggest, most important initiatives out of the boardroom and into reality. Too many great ideas never quite make it across the finish line, because there’s no real way to keep everyone on course and keep everything on track. What does it take to actually guide these initiatives all the way through to completion? You’ve got to: