Teleworking: Vector ITC recommends 5 key measures to improve productivity in the face of quarantine

Vector ITC, an international technological and digital group, understands that in view of the situation we are in at a global level due to Coronavirus, many companies have bet on continuing their activities remotely through teleworking, without having previously implemented it among their employees. All this change is easier if companies have a culture of “Business Agility”, a fundamental skill that allows an organization to react and respond to changes in an innovative and creative way, in order to generate benefits by quickly adapting its system to the environment.

Before the start of the pandemic, Spain was one of the countries in Europe with one of the lowest telework rates. According to INE data, only 7.5% of employed people work from home at least occasionally, in contrast to countries such as the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland or Iceland where almost 30% of workers do so regularly. This reflects the fact that Spaniards do not have this modality incorporated, so it is necessary to provide workers with tools that help them with their productivity.

As an initial step to evolve agility, companies must first adopt an “Agile” mentality. Thanks to this approach, the business and development areas work together, reducing the gap that may exist between the two and that affects the product or solution. 91% of software companies worldwide have already adopted this type of mentality, due to the benefits it brings in terms of speed of execution, productivity and profitability.

What can we do to work remotely effectively at this time? Vector ITC recommends to follow these 5 guidelines:

1- Turn the camera on when you can so as not to lose non-verbal communication with your teammates and avoid the feeling of isolation and the diminished sense of belonging.

2- It is very important to choose the most appropriate communication channel depending on three factors: amount and complexity of the information, urgency of the response and interruptions generated.

3- Avoid having many tabs open during virtual meetings and try to have the microphone muted when you are not talking.

4- Keep a daily routine, take a shower and dress as if you were going to the office. Remember that if you have a meeting on camera you also have to look presentable. It is also important to keep work and leisure separate.

5- Create an exclusive space to work and if possible always the same one. Pay attention to your body posture just like you would at the office.

Thanks to technology there are many tools that we can make available to our teams to work efficiently and collaboratively remotely. For example, today 99% of the 1800 professionals in Vector ITC’s group, in EMEA are teleworking. The main benefit of the Agile method is that it allows working in short and incremental cycles, improving learning times.

“Classic hierarchies are an obstacle to the adoption of business agility as a methodology of the future, which transcends the technology sector. In this way, highly effective teams do not emerge spontaneously, but are built”, says David Alejano, Head of Digital Culture & Enterprise Agility Enabler at Vector ITC.