Collaborating from home; not the oxymoron it used to be

Over the last couple of days we have seen a lot of helpful guides pop up that focus on various aspects of working from home. From personal productivity to time management and useful tools, all great information that helps people stay happy and productive while working from home. That said, people rarely work in a vacuum. So, what are some things to consider and steps to take, when translating your collaborative practices from office to home office? 1. Know your tools First things first. If you are used to having face to face meetings, be sure to test the tooling that you are using, whether that’s MS Teams, Workplace, Skype or any of the other tools that allow you to meet with your team virtu

In fast times, allow for taking it slow

Aligning with the entire team as everyone moves to a fully remote way of working can take a couple of days to run smoothly. Dynamics are changing, fully online communication is more prone to miscommunications, and spirits might sink without the so-needed “social glue”. For those of us that get energy from collaborative brainstorming, the inability to get into a room with a colleague, pens & a flipchart and come out with a fully fleshed-out “battle plan” might feel like we can’t get things done like we used to. Even we at OrangeTrail, who are specialists in online collaboration, admit that for some activities online just isn’t the same thing. So, knowing that the first few days are likely to

Assessing Collaborative Problem Solving

In collaboration with Alvaro Caballero, OrangeTrail is developing an approach to assess the collaborative problem solving skills of teams in the workplace. Collaborative Problem Solving The importance of collaborative problem solving skills is no new topic in the sphere of formal education. As a prime example of this, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), a worldwide study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) evaluates educational systems in member and non-member nations. And as part of the PISA assessment in 2015, 15-year-old pupils’ performance was assessed not only around ‘traditional’ subjects like mathematics, science and reading, but

Tales from isolation

By Fabio Frota I've never been a big fan of WFH (working from home). "How can I be productive in the same place where I spend my lazy Sunday afternoons?" was my main concern when we decided that it was time to work remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. The first two days were a mess. Everything was more appealing than work: my cats doing their usual crazy stuff or my guitar begging to be played were two major distractions. It's also easy to start waking up later than usual, procrastinating and feeling sad about this situation, also considering that my family is literally oceans away (I live in Amsterdam and they are in Brazil). As a team, we also had a couple of difficult days. OrangeTra

6 tips for Crisis communication in the enterprise

All leaders must communicate to their employees in these trying times. I see professional approaches where CEOs make smart use of their social intranets. By posting regularly on their social networks and interacting with employees they are visible and feel close to their employees. I also see companies that have not innovated in this area over the past years and that are having to resort to emailing long texts of the CEO or cascade information through WhatsApp. For a lot of companies this is the time to up their game when it comes to leadership and internal comms. Here are a few tips from my specialty; using social networks as a leadership instrument: 1. The situation we’re in is not going t