Working remotely – did you know almost half of us are doing this right now? With such an astronomical rise it was essential to undertake a large-scale research project into this reality. So we did exactly that. Collaborating with YouGov we surveyed 1,543 US working adults who highlighted one thing more than anything else:
Communicative tools are failing at recreating the physical office environment for remote workers – and it’s having disastrous consequences.
Only got 2 minutes? Here’s the summary…
- By the time you’ve got to the office and at your desk, you will have already experienced some essential work interactions – a little chit-chat, off-the-cuff requests and questions, maybe even a snap decision or snap meeting. In fact, 80% of the work day falls into this bracket of small, spontaneous but significant engagements.
- Remote workers told us it is much harder for them to interpret tones of messages, gauge reactions and in turn build relationships with coworkers, their boss and even the overall culture of the company. This is seen to be hindering not only their work social life but career progression too.
- They told us it’s the tech. As good as it has become in allowing the possibility to work away from the office, most social apps are only accounting for around 20% of the office experience.
U Messenger, U Webinar and U Meeting are apps built by people who understand the spontaneity of the work environment. Every feature has been carefully crafted to replicate the physical office no matter where the team is. Give them a try – they are the first, and only tools addressing this issue.
1. Isolation from the team is a worry for remote workers
Key Fact: Almost half (42%) believe building work relationships with coworkers is more difficult
Those who work remotely understand productivity, but office-based workers think it’s twice as difficult for remote workers to build relationships with the boss, make work friends, collaborate with their team and navigate the workplace culture.
Work, regardless of physical space, is one of the major pillars of our social life. Who is going to want to do their job in a way that is perceived to be stripping away this experience?
Again, as almost half of us begin to work away from the office and with no signs of a reversal, to halt perceptions of isolation, the definition of work culture needs to expand outside of the office.
2. So a strong remote work culture is now critical
Key Fact: More than 1 in 3 (38%) think remote workers don’t get to experience office culture
We have to remember that in-house colleagues will still be utilizing the same social apps, and to a large extent having the same ‘remote’ experience when interacting with remote colleagues. This means that although 50% of a team may be remote. 100% of the team will be involved with influencing the remote work culture.
Therefore, with remote working being completely tech reliant, effective remote strategies can be achieved by simplifying communication and aspects of collaboration among workers. The first step in crafting an effective remote working culture is by replacing the apps that may very well be good for other purposes but not for working remotely.
3. When working remotely is surging communication apps become essential
Key fact: Almost half (43%) of workers are working remotely.
Social media apps have turned remote working into a reality for almost half the workforce. Instant messenger, video-chat services & webinar tools have created accessible, quick and cost-effective means of communication which have vastly streamlined workplace communication. They’ve done exactly what tech should do – improved on what came before and unlocked new possibilities.
IMs are solving the problem of e-mail overload, fatigue and sluggishness. Video chat is giving teams the ability to join meetings with anyone, anywhere and anytime, saving massively on travel cost. Whilst webinar tools have allowed us to be one-click away from creating and distributing content to audiences in the form of engaging online presentations that work.
4. Yet complicated tech is creating major problems
Key fact: One third (31%) have been late or missed a meeting because of tech failure.
Dropped calls, video failures, meetings held up or cancelled and embarrassing non-rectifiable e-mail errors? No two ways about it, complicated tech only makes one thing easy – making mistakes:
- 2 in 5 (42%) misinterpreted the tone of written communication
- 40% had an important call dropped
- Nearly a quarter (22%) had been late to or missed a meeting because it was too complicated to join
- More than quarter (28%) had used the wrong version of a document
- About 1 in 4 (23%) reported an important video meeting has completely cut out on them
- 1 in 5 (21%) had mistakenly replied all to an email
5. But for anything complicated – there’s a simple solution
U Webinar, U Meeting and U Messenger are three uncomplicated, business-focused, and socially immersive apps that make collaboration between you and your work contacts as easy as communicating with personal friends.
Finally, we are really inspired by this burgeoning remote workplace revolution and we think you should be too. We are actively working on your side and are here to bridge collaborative and communicative gaps with our easy to use apps.
So iOS or Android we urge you to upgrade your remote office and tell the world exactly what you think.