Asynchronous working is a term you may not have heard of, but if you undertake remote or flexible working, it’s probably something that you’ve already experienced.
80% of UK firms see flexible working as critical to their future success and many now have employees who work asynchronously - people who work in the same team, on the same project or service, but who work different core hours and are often not online at the same time.
Asynchronous working can take a little work to get right, so this week, we share our tried and tested tips for creating a successful asynchronous workplace.
1. Invest in the Right Systems
When your team cannot communicate in real-time, asynchronous work can become frustrating and lead to delays in projects and rushed or poor-quality work.
An efficient and effective asynchronous team uses project management, productivity and communication software such as Halo Intranet, Asana, Slack, Microsoft Teams, or Google.
Intranets act as a central hub for your systems and communications, even when you use more dedicated chat or project software, allowing asynchronous teams to feel more connected.
2. Provide Excellent Training
Investing in great intranet software and other software is essential, but if remote team members are using it differently, don’t fully understand how it works, or are not lead by senior staff, this will inevitably lead to miscommunication and cause delays, especially when colleagues are working asynchronously.
Providing quality training, collecting employee feedback on intranet systems and other systems, and offering refresher training will help your asynchronous team to work efficiently.
Leading from the top is a sure-fire way to maximise the benefits of systems within an organisation. When staff can see the people at the top of the chain are active, they will follow.
Halo Intranet allows important announcements to be scheduled ahead of time and admins can post on other staff members’ behalf. So it is easy for the leaders within the company to have an active presence, even when they are busy with other things.
4. Plan Ahead
Successful asynchronous teams plan ahead.
When everyone’s work day is different but you’re working on the same projects, great planning and communication will help to keep things moving and prevent frustrations and delays.
5. Get Communication Right
When employees work asynchronously it’s important to get communication right to ensure everyone is up to speed with updates and news, regardless of their working hours. Emails can easily fall down the pecking order, so it’s important to use innovative communication tools such as Halo intranet portal to bring teams together.
Halo Intranet provides a central system for organisation-wide communication. Halo’s communication features include interactive social feeds, organisation calendars, special posts, events promotion, and a company staff directory, enabling employees to stay connected, so they never feel left out or miss important updates.
6. Transform Your Remote Workplace With Halo Intranet
Without the right working culture, asynchronous work can make employees feel isolated, dejected, and out of the loop.
Halo intranet was designed to create a positive working environment for flexible working, offering a private online space that connects all employees regardless of their working hours or location.
Halo also provides direct access to all company systems - that are just a click away on the user-friendly home screen, making it easy for employees to find what they need quickly.
Feeling ready to embrace asynchronous working and want to find out more about the world of remote working or Halo intranet? Book a consultation with us today!