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Tackling the Remote Project Management related Challenges

September 15, 2017 | By Comodo SSL

Technology is impacting the way we function almost every day. We no longer write letters, no longer go out to buy our meals, no longer have to wait in queues to buy tickets. Everything can be done online easily. The Internet has also had a huge impact in the way we work, most importantly in the manner it easily allows employees across the globe to collaborate on various projects, negating the distance which separates them.

Obviously, there are many benefits when you can get employees to work on your projects remotely. Decreased administrative costs, the presence of the best of minds who may not be available locally, improved employee satisfaction etc., But like with all good things, launching and managing projects remotely has its challenges. In this blog, let’s understand how these challenges can be addressed.

1. Ensuring Security and Efficiency: First and foremost issue which needs to be addressed is the security and integrity of your data. Because your employees may connect to your network using unsecured, public or shared wireless networks. One way of ensuring data integrity is to encrypt your network connection using SSL/TLS technology which implements encryption mechanism to keep hackers at bay.

Next, comes the efficiency with which you can distribute or share your data so that your employees can work easily. Within a LAN (local area network), achieving this is fairly easy. But when it comes to globally distributed employees, you will have to figure out ways to implement this efficiently. Making use of Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), that makes use of strategically placed servers to distribute your data quickly, can help you achieve the desired speed and efficiency.

Optimizing your network by combining SSL/TLS encryption and CDN technologies can prove extremely useful for remote project management.

2. Ensuring Seamless Onboarding: Another thing to focus on is how do you bring these employees together without any hassle. Onboarding is not only about people, but also about the various tools, how they can be shared and the related expenditure, which has to go into the project to make it a reality. Therefore for remote project management, you need an onboarding tool, which facilitates seamless onboarding of various things needed for completing the project.

3. Ensuring Scalability: You need to have a network infrastructure which is easily scalable; which have bandwidths that can handle abnormal web traffic at all levels. In case of larger projects, you should also take into account scalability in terms of the number of employees as well. Therefore scalability is another vital factor which cannot be avoided.

4. Ensuring Great Company Culture: It easy for employees who never get to know each other personally to drift apart from each other and this, in turn, can have adverse effects on your project – that is, the work they do – and your company. But a distributed team does not necessarily have to be a ‘not-so-closely-knit’ team. Therefore figure out ways – regular online meetings, sharing of project related goals etc., – to create the right amount of cohesion that teams working remotely need desperately.

Final Words:

The Internet has brought us closer. And employers willing to provide and employees willing to work remotely are not going to reduce in number, because of the numerous advantages they offer. A study conducted in 2014 by a group at the London Business School’s Global Leadership Summit states that nearly 34% of the full-time workforce will be working remotely by 2020. Therefore it’s best for enterprises to be prepared for the challenges which remote project management poses.

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