Israel Lifshitz

In today’s world, remote work is becoming increasingly common. More and more companies are opting to hire remote workers, and many employees are choosing to work remotely as well. Managing a remote team presents unique challenges, including maintaining productivity and quality. In this article, we will provide 10 tips for managing a team of remote workers while keeping productivity and quality high.

  1. Set Clear Expectation

One of the most important things you can do when managing a remote team is to set clear expectations. This includes setting expectations for work quality, deadlines, communication, and availability.

Make sure that your team members understand what is expected of them, and that they have the tools and resources necessary to meet those expectations. This can help to ensure that everyone is on the same page and working towards the same goals.

  1. Use Technology

Technology can be a valuable tool for managing a remote team. There are a variety of tools available, including project management software, communication tools, and time tracking software.

Make sure that you use technology that is easy to use and accessible to all team members. This can help to streamline communication and collaboration, and can make it easier to track progress and manage deadlines.

  1. Establish Regular Check-Ins

Regular check-ins are essential for managing a remote team. This can include weekly or monthly meetings, as well as daily check-ins.

During these check-ins, make sure to discuss progress, goals, and any issues that need to be addressed. This can help to keep everyone on track and ensure that deadlines are being met.

  1. Provide Feedback and Recognition

Feedback and recognition are important for all employees, but they can be especially important for remote workers who may not have as much interaction with their colleagues and supervisors.

Make sure to provide regular feedback and recognition to your team members, including positive feedback for a job well done and constructive feedback for areas that need improvement. This can help to keep team members motivated and engaged.

  1. Encourage Collaboration and Teamwork

Collaboration and teamwork are important for any team, but they can be especially important for remote teams. Encourage collaboration and teamwork by providing opportunities for team members to work together on projects and by using tools that facilitate collaboration.

This can help to build a sense of camaraderie and can make it easier for team members to support each other and work towards common goals.

  1. Establish Boundaries

When managing a remote team, it can be difficult to establish boundaries between work and personal life. It’s important to establish boundaries and encourage team members to set their own boundaries as well.

For example, you may decide that team members should avoid sending work-related messages or emails outside of regular working hours. Encouraging team members to establish their own boundaries can help to prevent burnout and maintain work-life balance.

  1. Be Flexible

Flexibility is key when managing a remote team. Recognize that remote workers may have different schedules and working styles. Be flexible and accommodating where possible, while still maintaining standards for quality and productivity.

For example, some team members may prefer to work early in the morning, while others may prefer to work later in the day. As long as deadlines are met and work quality is maintained, it’s important to be flexible and accommodate different working styles.

  1. Provide Training and Development Opportunities

Remote workers may not have the same opportunities for training and development as in-office workers. It’s important to provide remote team members with opportunities for training and development.

This can include online courses, webinars, or even mentoring or coaching programs. Providing training and development opportunities can help to keep team members engaged and motivated, while also improving their skills and knowledge.

  1. Establish Clear Communication Guidelines

Clear communication is essential for managing a remote team. Establish clear guidelines for communication, including which communication tools should be used and when.

For example , you may decide that team members should use instant messaging for quick questions and email for longer messages. Make sure that all team members are aware of the communication guidelines and encourage them to adhere to them.

  1. Foster a Positive Company Culture

Finally, it’s important to foster a positive company culture when managing a remote team. This can include regular team-building activities, recognition and rewards for team members, and a focus on work-life balance.

Creating a positive company culture can help to build morale and motivate team members to work towards common goals. It can also help to prevent burnout and turnover, which can be especially important when managing a remote team.

In conclusion, managing a team of remote workers requires a different set of skills and strategies than managing an in-office team. By following the tips outlined in this article, you can help to ensure that your remote team remains productive and focused on delivering high-quality work. Set clear expectations, use technology to facilitate communication and collaboration, establish regular check-ins, provide feedback and recognition, encourage teamwork, establish boundaries, be flexible, provide training and development opportunities, establish clear communication guidelines, and foster a positive company culture. With these tips in mind, you can successfully manage your remote team and achieve your business goals.

Israel Lifshitz

The COVID-19 pandemic forced organizations worldwide to transition rapidly to remote work. Companies that had never considered remote work had to adapt quickly, and while it was challenging, remote work proved to be a viable option for many. However, after the initial surge of remote work due to the pandemic, there was a significant decline as many organizations experienced productivity and organizational issues. In this blog post, we will discuss why remote work is here to stay and how organizations can overcome its challenges.

The rapid transition to remote work had various effects on both organizations and employees. From an employee perspective, remote work was seen as a much more economical work method, saving them money on commuting, food, and clothing. Employees could also take their work wherever they wanted, be it at home or on vacation, and still deliver the expected results. From an organizational perspective, many found that productivity decreased due to a lack of proper communication, inadequate technology, and insufficient infrastructure. Other issues that organizations had to deal with were the lack of supervision, decreased team collaboration, and team isolation.

However, despite these challenges, remote work proved to be an effective option for many organizations. Employees appreciated the work-life balance, flexibility, and autonomy that remote work offered, leading to increased job satisfaction and retention. Companies also realized that remote work could save them significant costs, such as office rent and maintenance expenses.

Today, the remote work situation is somewhat complex. Some companies prefer having their employees work physically in offices and less remotely. There are various challenges from both organizational and employee perspectives that need to be addressed. From an organizational standpoint, some companies believe that remote work affects employee productivity, and it is hard to supervise workers in remote settings. Other challenges include lack of physical interaction and difficulty in creating and maintaining a company culture remotely. From an employee perspective, some feel that remote work leads to feelings of isolation, disconnection from colleagues and the workplace, and a lack of clear boundaries between work and personal life.

However, the future of remote work is bright. Although there is currently a decline in remote work, in the future, the trend in favor of remote work will dramatically change and even grow. The pandemic has demonstrated the effectiveness of remote work, and employees who see the great benefits of remote work will insist on working remotely, which companies will see as a challenge they will have to deal with.

When companies eventually understand that remote work is the way forward, they will need to sharpen remote work methods, tools, and techniques. The remote work infrastructure needs to be improved, and organizations must find ways to measure productivity and quality of work, so they can be confident that they are getting the most out of their remote workforce. Companies that are slow to adapt to this new reality will find themselves at a significant disadvantage.

Remote work has the potential to revolutionize the way we work, making it more flexible, efficient, and productive. Organizations cannot afford themselves to wait for the turning point to happen, as they will lose valuable time, productivity, competitive advantage, and reputation. They will need to adopt remote work but modify and improve all procedures, methods, and tools to address all the challenges. Remote work is here to stay, and organizations that embrace this new way of working will reap the benefits in terms of increased productivity, employee satisfaction, and cost savings.

In conclusion, the future of work is remote, and organizations that embrace this new way of working will thrive in the years to come. However, to make remote work successful, companies must address the challenges it presents and implement new procedures and tools to support their remote workforce. The pandemic has accelerated the shift towards remote work, but it is up to organizations to make this new reality work for them and their employees. By doing so, they can reap the benefits of increased productivity, employee satisfaction, and cost savings while contributing to a more diverse, sustainable, and innovative future.

Israel Lifshitz

It is not a secret that Firewalls have been securing networks for many years and they are surely here to stay. However, the increase in cyber security threats and attacks, as well as the growing impact of such attacks, force us to find more creative ways to protect our vulnerable networks.

Introducing the new kid on the block  –  Glasswall.

Glasswall protection actually secures isolated networks. Instead of just adding a policy concerning the app and user, who can enter or exit the network, we can allow information to pass through, but only as an image display.

So, what Glasswall actually does, is using display protocols to deliver apps. This is a well-known mechanism of accessing remote apps. However, now the use case is for security. By using display protocol, only the user interface can be transferred between networks and no other data can be leaked, including malware and sensitive data.

How does Glasswall dramatically increase the security level?

Every security expert knows that the first and most basic rule is to keep the attack surface, as small as possible. Glasswall can greatly help you do that.

Without Glasswall, every time you introduce a new app or a new connection to your network, you enlarge the attack surface. Every open port in your firewall places a new threat, and even any message type in a network connection, is a potential risk.

When apps are available only through remote display protocol, no matter how many apps you add, you don’t need to add more protocols or open any ports or services in your network. In that case, the attack surface size does not depend on the number of apps you allow access to.

How do Glasswalls work in real life?

In IT environments, Glasswall means that your apps are actually running in a remote app server, inside a secure datacenter and can be easily accessed by a thin client app. It’s almost like VDI or a remote desktop solution, but with much greater emphasis on information security. The thin client must work with an encrypted, secure and multi-factor authentication connection.

Nubo, as a pioneer in VMI security solutions, does just that for mobile apps. Users install a thin client app in their mobile devices, which accesses apps that are actually running remotely in the Nubo secure platform. Nubo’s patented protocol – UX over IP, acts as the Glasswall that protects the organization from external threats. The protocol is not only a mobile-designed remote protocol, but also designated for high levels of security.