The logistics involved in managing a team that works in the same building are complicated enough, so managing a remote team with members dispersed across the globe is often an unenviable task.
It will surprise no one to hear that leading a virtual team requires a drastic rethinking of the management styles used vs. those required to manage staff members who work in the same location. That’s because a remote team is less like a set of satellites revolving around a single planet, and more like a solar system of individual planets, all following different trajectories that occasionally intersect.
So what are the important differences to consider when managing a global team?
Regardless of what your business sells, what you’re actually dealing in is time. The time it takes to pull together a strategy; the time your developers spend working on a product; the time you lose trying to coordinate a meeting with someone on the other side of the world who takes seven hours to reply to your emails...
Are we all agreed that Valentine’s Day is a bit naff? Mushy cards and overpriced supermarket bouquets with delusions of grandeur abound, and Facebook becomes a no-go area for anyone who doesn’t enjoy smug gloating and over-sharing. Can we make a suggestion? Use Valentine’s Day this year as the perfect excuse to give your relationship with your business some TLC, because it never hurts to remind yourself what you love about what you do.
In The New York Times you can find this list of 36 questions that lead to love, and following their lead we’ve put together 10 questions you can ask yourself to assess what it is you love about your business, and what might need a bit of attention. Prepare to get all googly-eyed.
With new advancements in technology flying at us on a daily basis, the sheer velocity at which we are heading into a virtual, computerised, roboticised future is naturally a concern for all industries, and flexible workspaces are no exception.
Triumphantly pressing send on the last email of the day, you glance at the time. It is 10:22 PM and, once again, you have worked long past the end of your 'work day'.
Running a business can feel like running on a treadmill. Sometimes you get the chance to slow it down to a leisurely stroll; other times you accidentally lean on the control panel and have a few frantic minutes at top speed trying to figure out what the heck you did. What you can’t do, on this particular treadmill at least, is stop.
Right about now the more organised students among the population might be thinking about where they’re going to live next year -- particularly if Joe’s habit of piling rubbish up on the bin lid instead of just putting the bag out is starting to wear thin and they’re thinking they might try their luck with a different set of housemates. That means the rush to get the best flats is about to start, and that means letting agents and student accommodation companies are about to have a lot of viewings to manage.
What has historically been experienced as a bit of a scrum -- group viewings followed by a Wacky Races-style dash to sign the lease -- actually needn’t be. Thanks to the rise in SaaS (Software as a Service), making use of the latest developments in technology no longer requires the big budgets of major agencies for custom development work. So even small firms can now be innovative in the way they use the tools available to make the property letting process smooth, streamlined, and even a little bit trendy.
Appointedd is a multi-timezone online booking system that helps businesses sell and manage their time. Up until now we only had a simple iOS app to accompany our main web app, with limited functionality in comparison. With feedback from our users, we realised more and more businesses require access to Appointedd on the move. It became obvious we needed to expand the functionality of our mobile app, and start replicating functionality already available in the web app over to mobile. We decided we would start from scratch and take a cross-platform approach so our Android users could also benefit from the mobile app. The first question was: Which technology would we use?