Tech-savvy work-from-home teamwork

Tech-savvy work-from-home teamwork

As experts around the world continue emphasising the importance of structure and routine in these uncertain times, Jithoo Daya, director of Animon InfoTech Solutions, says that using technology to support new habits can be extremely helpful.

“While many people have found task scheduling or ‘to do list’ type apps very helpful, these are typically driven by individuals seeking more order or structure for themselves. Uptake of team-type apps such as Monday and Ora similarly works for Type-A personalities who thrive on ticking things off in a space where they can be monitored and acknowledged. What about those team members who just need a check-in type of contact in the morning, and then again at the end of the day? Or at regular intervals to help them work in specific blocks of time?”

He explains that technology can help here too and in a potentially fun and relatable way. “Using the latest facial recognition technology available on phones, it’s now possible for selfies to act as a means of clocking in and out at the start and end of the day, with location-based data sent to employers in real time. We’re seeing the effectiveness of this approach with the SmartFace app where additional check-ins can also be scheduled throughout the day as needed to keep employees motivated, in touch and on track.”

Daya adds that this category of data – if an employee is starting work “on time” versus meeting targets – is potentially as important for managers and leaders. “Data trends and patterns linked to ‘attendance’ and punctuality, especially in the context of photographs, can give you an indication of how your employee is really doing. It can prompt you to pay attention and act, which is critical in the context of larger teams where assistance is often not directly requested because team members are young, introverted or shy.”

While it is hoped that the fight against Covid-19 will be won soon, it could be well worth establishing new routines and work habits during this period of uncertainty. “Simple smart tech like SmartFace that brings people together in images could be exactly what many teams need right now,” says Daya. “Remaining ‘a team’ must stay a management priority, with staff supported to create positive routines, home habits and remain motivated about their work and the value it brings.”

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