Why remote facilitation?
Have you ever experienced facilitation with experts? Facilitators are here to ensure the success of collective intelligence and provide innovation tools. They make communication smoother, manage results-driven meetings and workshops, challenge us with powerful tools, and develop close relationships with team members, creating a sense of belonging and success!
Well, the concept is the same remotely. We might need it even more now, since opportunities to bond next to the coffee machine are not possible anymore and brainstorming with everyone has become a challenge. We need to learn new ways to interact through technology, which is not simple.
Do you remember the first remote meeting you have participated in? We had to learn new “codes” of interaction and we are still working on it, because there are rules and habits to learn.
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Benefits of remote facilitation
- Less commuting:
It is good for the environment and it lowers the stress level among commuters, which means less stress for the team.
- Higher productivity
It allows less distraction compared to an office environment. Defining a schedule and taking breaks to energize will help you increase productivity, and you will have more time to do what you enjoy! A facilitator is a time keeper and tries to keep the energy level high.
- Synchronous and asynchronous work
Asynchronous communication and collaboration tools are the key elements of any remote team: they improve facilitation.
- Cost-effective measures
Organizing a virtual workshop or hackathon costs less. For example, there is no need for catering or to rent a meeting room.
- Access to a larger talent pool
Harnessing remote working opportunities can give you access to a larger talent pool and a better chance to find the best fit for your company.
- Building a culture:
Through remote working, we realize the importance of connections; we don’t take them for granted anymore. It is the right time to re-unite collaborators, improve interactions, share nice memories and improve our set of skills!
In a nutshell
- More minds, more perspectives, more backgrounds, more ideas
- Moments of full intensity and motivation for teams
- Measures that are cost-effective
You probably realized “remote working” and “remote facilitation” are HOT topics right now. The media are always talking about them – together with COVID-19 – and we are witnessing an acceleration in trends focusing on digital platforms in every sector.
As Stewart Butterfield, the founder of Slack, said during the conference “the Global Boardroom” held by the Financial Times and TNW on 12 May 2020 – a conference that gathered around 35.000 participants:
“We are now expecting a raise in the proportion of people working remotely, from 5% of workers in the world before the COVID-19 crisis to probably 30 to 40% of the global workforce in years to come.”
This is just an assumption, but we need to take into consideration: remote working is our future. In order to make it a success, we need remote facilitation to focus on sustainable innovation, and connecting and empowering people.
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