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17 April 2020
Virtual Hacks: Best-practices for working from home

The remote work, which many of us experience through the current situation, significantly changes our everyday professional life and the way we deal with each other. But this change also has its positive sides: Not only do we get to know our digital tools much better, we also learn to appreciate them much more. After all, how would our current everyday life look without Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp or the "old-school" telephone? 

In our new series #virtualHacks we would like to focus on the positive effects of this changed working life and provide some tips to help you master the challenges that arise from working out of the home office.

#virtualHack1

Arriving at the office and the daily exchange with colleagues or the team is something we all miss very much at the moment. But we can still get an overview of the current status of a task or project with the help of agile elements. A (short) daily check-in and check-out work wonders and strengthen the team spirit. Dial in every morning and afternoon for a maximum of 15 minutes to briefly share the goals achieved, open ToDos and important information.

#virtualHack2

Do you know the situation: You dial into a telephone conference and there is nothing but unpleasant silence at the beginning? It is much more difficult to capture the mood of the other participants via digital channels. An icebreaker for these situations is a warm-up exercise, which takes off the pressure and relaxes the situation. At the beginning of your Telco, plan 5 minutes for a mood check or warm-up exercise.

#virtualHack3

In order to ensure a methodical approach to virtual meetings, it often helps to assign roles to the participants. This enables a comprehensive structure of the meeting and the involvement of all participants. The following roles are particularly helpful and can be easily implemented in any smaller or larger meeting:


Moderator: Guides through the agenda and structures the topics according to importance

Action Taker: Includes new to do's in the agenda

Time Keeper: Keeps an eye on the clock and divides the time according to the to do's

Observer: Gives feedback on the individual topics and summarises

 
News
 
Virtual Hacks: Best-practices for working from home

The remote work, which many of us experience through the current situation, significantly changes our everyday professional life and the way we deal with each other. But this change also has its positive sides: Not only do we get to know our digital tools much better, we also learn to appreciate them much more. After all, how would our current everyday life look without Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp or the "old-school" telephone? 

In our new series #virtualHacks we would like to focus on the positive effects of this changed working life and provide some tips to help you master the challenges that arise from working out of the home office.

#virtualHack1

Arriving at the office and the daily exchange with colleagues or the team is something we all miss very much at the moment. But we can still get an overview of the current status of a task or project with the help of agile elements. A (short) daily check-in and check-out work wonders and strengthen the team spirit. Dial in every morning and afternoon for a maximum of 15 minutes to briefly share the goals achieved, open ToDos and important information.

#virtualHack2

Do you know the situation: You dial into a telephone conference and there is nothing but unpleasant silence at the beginning? It is much more difficult to capture the mood of the other participants via digital channels. An icebreaker for these situations is a warm-up exercise, which takes off the pressure and relaxes the situation. At the beginning of your Telco, plan 5 minutes for a mood check or warm-up exercise.

#virtualHack3

In order to ensure a methodical approach to virtual meetings, it often helps to assign roles to the participants. This enables a comprehensive structure of the meeting and the involvement of all participants. The following roles are particularly helpful and can be easily implemented in any smaller or larger meeting:


Moderator: Guides through the agenda and structures the topics according to importance

Action Taker: Includes new to do's in the agenda

Time Keeper: Keeps an eye on the clock and divides the time according to the to do's

Observer: Gives feedback on the individual topics and summarises