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Tips for Conducting a Needs Assessment Remotely
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Tips for Conducting a Needs Assessment Remotely

What do you need to complete that project? Follow these simple steps and learn how to conduct a needs assessment, identify any gaps, and set your projects up for success.

WFH vs. Hybrid Working vs. Office Full-Time: How To Know Which Approach Works Best for You
Remote Working 10 min read

WFH vs. Hybrid Working vs. Office Full-Time: How To Know Which Approach Works Best for You

It’s time to decide whether a traditional office, working from home, or a hybrid office is the best path for you. Here’s how to choose your future of work.

Building Flexible Workplaces: A Definitive Guide to Hybrid Work

Building Flexible Workplaces: A Definitive Guide to Hybrid Work

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Top Tips For Working From Home As A Project Manager
Remote Working 7 min read

Top Tips For Working From Home As A Project Manager

Struggling to remotely manage your team and your workload as a project leader? Check out our top tips for working from home as a project manager.

Discovering Remote Work Management Solutions With Wrike
Remote Working 5 min read

Discovering Remote Work Management Solutions With Wrike

Good work management solutions can help teams succeed and improve outcomes. Read on to learn more about collaborative work management tools like Wrike.

How To Handle Return to Work Anxiety
Remote Working 5 min read

How To Handle Return to Work Anxiety

After a year of non-stop Zoom meetings, virtual team building, and four-legged office companions, returning to an in-person work location will undoubtedly take some getting used to. Back to work anxiety is a reality for many as increased global vaccination efforts make in-person office attendance a possibility once more.  From health and safety concerns to an uptick in those reporting symptoms of social anxiety, workers are citing many reasons for their return to office apprehension. Heading back to crowded commutes and group interactions will represent a significant shift in how many have lived and worked over the last year. The comforting news is that return to work anxiety is normal, and there are many ways to manage and overcome worries about heading back to the office. How to recognize return to work anxiety While some companies are embracing a “work from home forever” philosophy, other organizations have begun preparing their employees for a phased or hybrid return to the office. However, these conversations may spark dread or anxiety as return dates near.  Return to work anxiety may include: Apprehension about in-person, work-based socializing  Stress about returning to previous daily activities like commuting  Health concerns about COVID-19  Anxiety about meeting new colleagues after being onboarded remotely  Worries over feeling less productive once back in the office  Anxiety about spending less time with family and loved ones   It’s important to recognize that many are experiencing similar feelings and concerns. This is borne out by the numbers, which indicate there is a lot on workers’ minds during this transition period. Returning to work anxiety and apprehension by the numbers One Limeade Institute survey found that COVID exposure (77%), less flexibility (71%), and commuting to work (58%) were the top three reasons people said they were anxious about returning to the office. Work-life balance is also playing on the minds of workers, as is discomfort around in-person interactions. A Flexjobs survey found that 43% were worried about the impact returning to the office would have on their work-life balance One 2021 survey found that 49% of respondents said they felt “uneasy” about in-person interactions This apprehension is normal. After a year at home, pandemic-related health fears aren’t likely to disappear overnight. Similarly, the flexibility of remote work has allowed many to spend more time with their families instead of spending hours commuting to and from a physical office location.  8 tips for dealing with anxiety about going back to work Wondering how to handle the anxiety you’re feeling about heading back to the office? Here are some tips for getting through this transition period. Open up to colleagues and supervisors Chances are that you’re not alone in your worries. Be candid with colleagues and share experiences, tips, and coping techniques as you prepare to return to an office setting. Knowing that others are experiencing the same emotions can be a source of comfort and a reminder that you’re not alone. Ease yourself in and set clear boundariesIf you’re not ready to participate in work outings, trips, or other in-person social activities, that is perfectly okay. Don’t pressure yourself. Allow yourself some time and space to feel comfortable socializing with colleagues again. Pay attention to your office’s return to work plans and ask questionsKeep up-to-date with your organization’s return to work strategy. Make an effort to fully understand their expectations and speak to your company’s HR department if you have concerns, issues, or questions.  Ask for continued workplace flexibilityWorkplace flexibility is here to stay, and many companies realize this. If heading back to the office full-time is a source of anxiety, speak to your manager and HR team about adjusting your schedule, and the benefits of working from home for you specifically. This may look like a compressed workweek, hybrid office arrangement, or reduction to part-time hours.  Bring your healthy WFH habits with you, and don’t forget to decompressIf the thought of heading back to work raises your stress levels, be sure to take time out for a walk, mindful meditation, yoga break, or any other calming activity that helps you feel grounded instead of worried about the future.  Speak to a professional Any level of apprehension about returning to an office is understandable. A mental health professional can help you adjust to your next normal by teaching you stress management techniques and helping you to prioritize your wellness in this transition.  Find out what safety measures your workplace is enacting to keep employees safeKnowing what to expect as you head back to the office can help address concerns you have regarding your health and wellbeing. Get a sense of the policies your workplace intends to enforce regarding social distancing, mask-wearing, and other precautions. For the digitally onboarded, reconnect with your “buddy” or other new recruitsIn-person office attendance after virtual onboarding can be nerve-wracking. Reach out to your onboarding “buddy” to show you the lay of the land. Or, if you were both onboarded remotely, you can figure things out together. After a year away, returning to the office will impact everyone differently. Manage your return to work anxiety by remembering to set boundaries, stay up-to-date with your organization’s plans, prepare for what’s next, and seek help from a professional if you need it. Staying connected with hybrid or remote colleagues is easy with Wrike’s flexible work management software. Sign up for a free two-week trial and discover how simple it is to transition your day-to-day work from home to the office with one platform.

17 Reasons Why Remote Work is the Future (Infographic)
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17 Reasons Why Remote Work is the Future (Infographic)

Remote work stats tell us that companies need to be flexible to be competitive. Learn why Wrike is the best remote work tool to do that.

12 Low-Cost Ideas to Boost Employee Morale

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4 Remote Working Productivity Tips With Microsoft Teams and Wrike
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4 Remote Working Productivity Tips With Microsoft Teams and Wrike

Keeping remote teams connected and productive is more critical than ever during these unprecedented times. Here's how integrating a cloud-based collaboration management platform like Wrike with Microsoft Teams can help.

Project Management Templates You Need for Your Remote Marketing Teams
Remote Working 7 min read

Project Management Templates You Need for Your Remote Marketing Teams

Whether it’s a project schedule or a marketing campaign strategy template, templates help project managers ensure success when working remotely. Here’s why and how to use them.

How to Plan the Perfect Remote Kickoff Meeting With a New Client
Remote Working 7 min read

How to Plan the Perfect Remote Kickoff Meeting With a New Client

A kickoff meeting lays the groundwork for a successful project and client relationship. Learn how to create a kickoff meeting agenda that will set the tone for your next project.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health When Working From Home
Remote Working 7 min read

Taking Care of Your Mental Health When Working From Home

Taking care of your mental health at work is vital as many deal with new remote work pressures and COVID-19 fears. Learn more about how to work on your mental health with Wrike.

How To Disconnect From an 'Always On' Work Culture
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How To Disconnect From an 'Always On' Work Culture

Starting to feel burnout from your 'always on' work culture? The initial results from ‘the great work from home experiment’ were very promising, with a third of managers reporting higher productivity levels. However, the data was missing one important factor — we had embraced an 'always on' work culture, forgetting the advantages of a work from home culture. The increased productivity did not account for the fact that we began working, on average, an extra three hours a day. Or that over half of us (54%) are checking our devices more outside of work hours, felt more alone (24%), had gained weight (22%), and felt a decrease in our mental health (21%). In fact, there is evidence to suggest that the excessive use of devices and resulting sleep issues cause us to be less productive.   Ensuring better work-life balance isn’t just good for employees’ health, it’s good business. It reduces stress and the likelihood of burnout, which costs the U.S. economy somewhere between $125 - $190 billion dollars a year.  It’s also part of a very important work trend indicating that each new generation that enters the workforce values the importance of work-life balance more than the last.  Not just that, but several countries around the world have now started to create legislation around being contacted outside of work hours, or what the European Union has campaigned for as ‘the right to disconnect.’  So, what are the most effective work-life balance tips for an 'always on' work culture? Set up ‘working hour’ settings for all apps In what one Wall Street Journal writer described as ‘a masochistic need to please bosses’, many of us may feel that we can never be too far from our work devices. In fact, a 2016 study by The Academy of Management found employees rack up eight hours a week answering emails outside of work hours.  How to tackle this element of 'always on' work culture: If you’re unable to ignore your devices, at least cut the notifications. For example: Google Calendar: ’Working Hours’ enables you to set defined work hours, automatically notifying eager meeting-makers that you’ll be off at that time.  Apple: Customize your do not disturb settings to automatically trigger for work emails during evenings and weekends.  Slack: Setting your local time will notify colleagues that you’re likely to be offline and set expectations of when you can reply.  Wrike: Creating a work schedule will automatically inform colleagues (especially international ones) that you won’t be available during scheduled PTO or public holidays if you are tagged during that time.  Find allies who value the importance of work-life balance Trying to find your way out of a Friday evening meeting? Even if you’re client-facing, it’s unlikely that your clients (or indeed colleagues) want to meet at a time that they’re also winding down from the week — remember this. Fast Company recommends that you find and foster relationships with people in your network who also appreciate the value of keeping schedules within designated work hours. As the statistics suggest, an 'always on' work culture isn’t the most effective way of working for anyone. Bear in mind the impact your personality type can have Struggling with an 'always on' work culture while your manager seems to thrive? The Harvard Business Review suggests that your personality, specifically within the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator, may have a role to play. For example:  Creating time and space to switch off: If you are extroverted, schedule regular, active breaks with others and leave your devices in a different room when you’re de-stressing. If you are introverted, try to limit online meetings and switch off in a quiet place where you can get absorbed in an activity. Tackling information overload: If you have sensing preferences, avoid getting lost in details and ask others for their take on a situation. Don’t obsess about getting things perfect. If you have intuition preferences, try to focus on one thing at a time. Creating boundaries:If you have thinking preferences, consider your impact on others (particularly in relation to written communication). If you have feeling preferences, try to make sure that you’re not supporting others to the detriment of your own needs. Striking the right work-life balance:If you have judging preferences, set boundaries with both yourself and others around when you’ll be available. Try to stay away from your work area during time off. If you have perceiving preferences, respect others’ boundaries by not emailing out of hours, and convert your to-do list into blocks of time. Create strict boundaries for yourself  The most effective way to avoid falling victim to 'always on' work culture is to treat working from home the same way you would treat working in an office. This includes everything from starting on time to wearing noise-canceling headphones to drown out distractions (just swap chatty colleagues for partners’ annoying meetings or screaming kids).  Forbes recommends thinking of your home office as if it’s five miles away and removing your work equipment from sight at night in order to reinforce the importance of work-life balance. Wrike helps teams set healthy work boundaries by encouraging asynchronous communication and collaboration. If you’re a manager, normalize taking PTO The pressure of an 'always on' work culture can often come from the perceived expectations of a manager. If you’re a manager, it’s advised that you reinforce and encourage taking paid time off. Samar Ali, CEO of Millions of Conversations, explains: “I lead by example and make sure to announce when I'm taking time off, [...], and what I plan to do to unplug. If there is one thing I recommend to all executives and employees, it is to find balance.”  Reinforce that you are genuinely excited for your employees to take a break by asking about their vacations in order to break the stigma. Recognize the signs of burnout (and take action) Hopefully, with the right work-life balance tips to target 'always on' work culture, you can avoid burnout from happening to you or your teammates. However, it’s important to always be on the lookout for it. The Mayo Clinic advises that there are three common symptoms: exhaustion, cynicism, and lack of satisfaction with your work. If you do experience burnout, some things that can help are: A self-care day away from work A therapy session (here are some free mental health support options) Working with your team to agree on boundaries Learning to say no to additional projects As it’s now evident that working from home is set to make up at least some of our week into the future, setting boundaries at this stage is absolutely vital. With these tips in mind, we may finally be able to learn how to disconnect from an 'always on' culture before it costs both our economy and our health.

How to Deal With Difficult Clients During Lockdown
Remote Working 7 min read

How to Deal With Difficult Clients During Lockdown

Learning how to deal with difficult clients is crucial to customer relationship management. Discover how to communicate with clients effectively and keep projects on track with Wrike.

How to Build a Go-To-Market Strategy Remotely
Remote Working 7 min read

How to Build a Go-To-Market Strategy Remotely

Knowing how to build a go-to-market strategy is important for teams planning their next product launch. Learn how Wrike can help remote teams build an effective go-to-market strategy framework.

Flexible Working Is Here To Stay: Here’s How To Make it Work
Remote Working 7 min read

Flexible Working Is Here To Stay: Here’s How To Make it Work

Hybrid, remote, and compressed working weeks are here to stay as flexible working gets the seal of approval from global employees. Here’s how to make it work.

Video Conferencing Etiquette You Need To Know
Remote Working 7 min read

Video Conferencing Etiquette You Need To Know

New to video conferencing? Learn to excel at virtual meetings and pick up some video conferencing etiquette and best practices. Read more to find out.

3 Ways to Improve Remote Teams’ Communication
Remote Working 5 min read

3 Ways to Improve Remote Teams’ Communication

The move to remote work has changed the way that teams must now collaborate with one another. Here’s how to improve remote team communication in your organization.

How to Improve Remote Collaboration Across Teams
Remote Working 7 min read

How to Improve Remote Collaboration Across Teams

Businesses can improve remote collaboration across teams with effective communication and the right tools. Learn more about remote collaboration best practices with Wrike.

Return to Work: Why Collaborative Software Is More Important Than Ever
Remote Working 7 min read

Return to Work: Why Collaborative Software Is More Important Than Ever

With the return-to-work transition, many companies might think of getting rid of their CWM software. That’s a bad decision, and this post explains why.

Online Team Building Activities Your Company Needs
Remote Working 7 min read

Online Team Building Activities Your Company Needs

Online team building activities are crucial for remote workers because they build confidence and foster communication between co-located colleagues. Here are some virtual and online team building activities to try.

Using Wrike To Plan Your Return to the Office
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Using Wrike To Plan Your Return to the Office

Planning your team’s return to office plan can be nerve-wracking. Here are some tips to get back to the office in a way that’s strategic, organized, and safe.

5 Proven Tips to Help You Work From Home Effectively
Remote Working 5 min read

5 Proven Tips to Help You Work From Home Effectively

Learning how to work from home effectively is the first step to boosting remote work productivity. Discover how the experts do it and how you can do it with Wrike.

Benefits of Working From Home for Enterprise Employers
Remote Working 5 min read

Benefits of Working From Home for Enterprise Employers

What are the benefits of working from home for employers and employees? Learn about remote working advantages and disadvantages and how to hire remote employees with Wrike.