Brexit: Remote working to avoid international travel disruption

Haunted by fears of travel chaos after Brexit? Take your office to the cloud to avoid any international travel disruption in a no-deal Brexit. 

Raabia Fazil | 18th Oct 19
woman sitting cross legged with a laptop in her lap and holding a coffee to symbolise remote working post brexit

Spooky predictions of international travel disruption abound. We are following the ghost of Brexit yet to come to divine what might happen. When we leave Europe, the UK will instantly become a third country, subject to a new set of rules.

Cloaked in a grey hood, the phantom points in many directions. And there may be travel implications to consider.

The government provides more information. If we get a no-deal Brexit, you’ll need an up to date passport and ensure it’s valid for at least six months on the day of travel. There might be other changes to consider such as extra documents to drive in Europe after Brexit. You won’t need a visa for a short trip but there are limits and might need a visa to stay longer or for business travel. You might even need to show a return or onward ticket and demonstrate you have enough money for your visit.

Even if flights land on time, passengers could face delays such as queuing up to check paperwork when leaving airports. If staff get home very late on a Sunday, they might struggle to get to the office the following Monday morning. If delays become commonplace, they might struggle to get to the office at all.

Our silent ghostly friend could be pointing to a solution.

Consider remote working for your charity. Whether colleagues work from home sometimes, one day a week or you have teammates based overseas that pop over occasionally to your office, think about how remote working could help your charity as we wait for the dust to settle.

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Travelling internationally might be shaky, so travel virtually.

Dodging airport delays or long commutes, everyone likes working from home, enthusing teammates to work harder for your charity. Weekly Skype meetings and regular meetings in person help teams stay connected, amping up motivation for your mission. Look at tasks that need to be office based or can be done remotely. Try hot desking so teammates take turns coming in, helping save money on costly office space.

Recognise the value of communication tools such as Slack, Microsoft Teams, Dropbox, and Google Hangouts to bring teammates together and build a virtual office. Your charity probably uses many online systems already so teammates may not need much more than a robust internet connection. Jokes in the office can fly through emojis, gifs and more!

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How can you implement remote working effectively?

We reported that clarity is your friend. Set guidelines around working remotely and try scheduling online meetings to collaborate. It’s also useful to set targets and help teammates pull together towards specific goals, fostering a virtual team.

Offices help teammates bond over football, bake off or even sharing bewilderment over Brexit. Add social time to online meetings, encouraging people to share something. Based on shared interests, you could meet socially too. Go from talking about football to playing a game together or even Fantasy Football!

Strong communication brings your team even closer. Encourage everyone to contribute to online chats as well as meetings to get the whole team involved and invested. A sense of responsibility is powerful. Give people key roles in meetings and that sense of accountability will transfer to their work too.

Embrace time differences and plan tasks to include people based overseas who could deliver a project overnight. You could have things ready when you wake up, helping to streamline your processes. Or if teammates are night owls, embrace that too!

Celebrate! Tell people when they do well, we all want to feel valued and praise boosts motivation for your mission. Larger teams can benefit from checking in on commitments and deadlines as comms can become diffuse. Frequent chats keep the wheels turning.

Use the web to weave your team closer together across various destinations and collaborate in the cloud to further your mission and find innovative ways of combating any travel difficulties.

> See also: Don’t panic: A quick guide to how charities will survive post-Brexit