Because of the coronavirus pandemic and working from home, businesses that want to keep up with the changes have had to adopt new technologies. Because of this, employees had to be trained and new rules about how to work from home had to be made.
Of course, this kind of change is never easy for a business to go through. In the real estate business, for example, companies are expected to use new tools quickly and keep a presence online. But these same companies have to overcome a number of challenges to become fully remote-ready.
Slow adaptation period
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This is a common problem for companies that want to come up with new ideas quickly. Companies in the real estate industry have always been slow to adopt new technologies. But technology has won because it has made it easier to use solutions. So, commercial real estate firms can add new technologies to their work and keep coming up with new ideas. Even though technology changes quickly, real estate companies need to learn how to adapt quickly and not be afraid to spend more money to do so.
Implementing technology and understanding how to use it
You can invest as much money as you want on the most cutting-edge and robust piece of software, but the results of your investment won’t be meaningful unless your staff actually starts using it. In your role as a leader, you will need to commit both time and resources to ensure that your organization fully comprehends the software and applies it appropriately across the board.
Finding software and systems that are compatible with the many users’ devices and preferred methods of work is another challenge associated with the process of implementing new technology. It’s possible that some employees will become accustomed to their current technology package, and transitioning to an entirely new one could be distracting or even have an impact on their productivity. Video walkthroughs are frequently required for situations like these.
In addition, there are some technological alternatives, such as those that enable prospective property buyers to conduct their own viewings without the assistance of a real estate agent. These technologies spare prospective homeowners the expense of hiring a chauffeur to take them around. This kind of app can be harmful to company, especially for more nimble enterprises and transactions. Their staff should place an emphasis on developing a more personal touch.
When it comes to larger negotiations, the result is typically favorable because it cuts down on the number of hours that are needed for both parties to come to an agreement. Deals can be closed more easily by maintaining a healthy balance between using technology with customers for the appropriate period of time.
Working with clients who are used to paper-based workflows
There are a lot of different kinds of documents that real estate companies have to deal with. “Old-school” clients may want you to print out all the necessary papers and drive them across town to get them signed and close the deal.
Even though this is easier for some of your clients, these old-fashioned ways of closing deals can end up costing your company too much time and money. Real estate companies should make it a standard practice to tell customers about new options. You can just call clients or send them letters and video tutorials that show them all the steps they need to take to do what needs to be done on their end.
Lack of face-to-face communication
One of the worst things about going online is that you can’t talk to people in person. But the rise of technology doesn’t mean that people have to give up on each other.
Building the best process means that established interactions with a team are easy and that new team members quickly understand the different ways to interact. Any big business success is the result of a lot of people talking to each other and working together. Live communication makes it much easier to understand each other and figure out what employees want. When people work from home, they know enough about their tasks to do them, but they might not know anything about the situation in which the task was made. The main problem with a distributed team is that people don’t know how the task fits into the life of the company.
A great solution is to have daily meetings where you can talk about anything. When everyone knows who is working on what, there is a sense of engagement, which is important for building a strong team and getting things done. This cohesion is helped by short reports from each team member on their own accomplishments.
Coordinating with tech teams
When it comes to putting new solutions into place, real estate agents rely on their tech teams. The IT department should be involved from the start to make sure that the company chooses the right tools that meet its needs and work with its current tech stack.
Working with the IT department will make sure that the change is made quickly and well, and that the right software and tools are used.
Motivating and stimulating the growth of remote employees
For new team members who have been on the job for less than six months and are just starting to learn how things work, expectations and reality don’t always match up. Low motivation and failure to grow can show up in small ways, like when working remotely with more experienced team members or using new tools for communication. Something like this is on the list of problems:
- Lack of new experience: A person is tired and wants to grow by taking on new and more complex tasks.
- Little attention: In a remote team, an employee may have a good mind and good ideas, but they may not be as active or noticeable, which can make them less motivated over time.
- Lack of communication or problems communicating: Some people think it’s important for a team to communicate well, even if they are in different places. If a team is too small or built in a way that doesn’t work for a person, like if they expect very specific behavior from each other, that person will “check out.”
- Status doesn’t match skills: As a developer gets better at what they do, their current salary and responsibilities may not be enough. The problem is made worse by the fact that this kind of assessment doesn’t always match up with what is happening right now.
The only way out is for the manager, team lead, or another supervisor to take action. You need to talk to team members to find out what they want and give them new career opportunities. You also need to improve internal processes and evaluate the work of each employee on a regular basis to help them grow.
Going remote takes a lot of patience, a willingness to try new things, and the ability to deal with problems. You get a lot more than just a team that works from afar. You get a fully set up remote system that saves you time, money, and trouble while helping your business grow and giving your employees and customers new opportunities.