In the hybrid work era, collaboration doesn't require that we all work in the same place at the same time. Here's how to help teams embrace asynchronous work.
1. Enlist all users doing hybrid work
“For asynchronous work to truly be successful in an organization, every member of the C-Suite, IT, product, engineering, sales, marketing, and other teams need to be on board,” says Laurent Perrin, co-founder and CTO of customer communication platform Front. “Employees should feel supported and trusted in the way they work, and that’s impossible if half of your team continues to operate by old work patterns.” Modeling asynchronous work is key to successful adoption.
2. Get comfy multi-taskingWork is becoming even less linear.
“With asynchronous work, it becomes much harder to be single-threaded – we can’t focus on one thing at a time,” says James of Net Health. Patience will be paramount. “Because you may be waiting for information from someone else, learn how to move forward with other projects simultaneously,” James advises. “We’ll have to be able to seamlessly jump in and out of projects while remaining focused and efficient.”
3. Focus on outcomes
One of the main differences between asynchronous and synchronous work is that the former tends to center on time- or task-defied work processes. “Asynchronous work requires a grasp of what the outcome – the final product of work – needs to be, as opposed to the amount of time spent in close coordination producing the final product,” says Dee Anthony, director at global technology research and advisory firm ISG.Click link below to see how organizations can enable asynchronous collaboration amongst teams.