Deploying Animation To Remote Working Employees

Whilst working from home has numerous benefits for employers and employees, animation teams that are used to working together face tougher challenges when working from remote locations. However, in recent years a globally distributed workforce has become increasingly prominent within the animation industry. As a consequence, remote working is becoming more commonplace.

Project managers at Sliced Bread have found that remote working is most effective if the people in your team have the right skills and attitude. You also need a solid process in place together with access to flexible collaborative tools.

Building an Animation Team for Remote Working

Creating animated videos requires teamwork. But you also have to be able to trust the individuals you work with to meet deadlines and produce high-quality work. Whilst direction and guidance is essential to organising a team of remote workers, communication is key. Your project manager must be able to communicate ideas and instructions to individuals orally and in written format effectively. Without this, your team may end up working towards a different vision.

Employees that do not have experience working from home will find remote working a challenge initially. You should consider creating a support network where your team can connect. Support networks make remote workers feel less isolated, but can also be used to share ideas, tactics and strategies of how to work remotely and pull in the same direction.

Remote Connections

The tools and software you choose to manage your projects, share files and connect with your team will be central to how you relay animation projects to remote working teams. Consider how you would like to work. The team at Sliced Bread, for example, connect once a week as a group for lightning talks, updates and general meetings. We also have group chats for brainstorming and feedback.

We also organise weekly one-to-ones to help make remote workers feel part of a company. If you are incorporating freelancers into your team, 1-to-1’s are a good opportunity for you to help them understand the company culture and enhance their work experience.

Building a culture of accountability and innovation is also a critical goal of remote working. Team members should be encouraged to be proactive, challenge the status quo and to be held accountable for fulfilling their individual tasks. Team leadership is integral to developing a work culture. Individuals that show exceptional aptitude should be championed and team members should be encouraged to build a relationship with other members of the team. It’s also important that everyone knows what each other is responsible for. If there is a weak link in the team, colleagues can ‘have a quiet word’ or provide the motivation that drives commitment.

List of Tools for Remote Working

There is a whole host of remote working platforms on the market. Some of them have a built-in teleconferencing suite and allow you to share files and screens. Others have calendars, project management tools and scheduling for deadlines etc.

You may also want to consider recording options and meeting transcriptions so that meeting minutes can be shared easily without losing time. To date, there isn’t any single software that enables you to manage online projects and communicate in numerous ways from a single platform, so you need a team organiser and a teleconferencing suite.

Below is a choice of tools that provide you with an infrastructure that is conducive to remote working:

  • Skype
  • Zoom
  • Slack
  • Pukka
  • Teamviewer
  • Proof hub
  • Basecamp
  • Todoist
  • Teamwork

Security Measures

Introducing remote working policies also means companies have to consider data security measures. Will you supply devices with security controls on them or will employees be encouraged to use personal devices and applications?

Remote workers are the first risk to your security defences. If they are permitted to access company data held on a centralised IT system via a personal device, how can you ensure they have appropriate security measure in place? Smartphones, tablets and laptops with various apps downloaded on them are highly susceptible to malware attacks. Companies need to ensure you have updated and enforced your data security policy in relation to devices that are used for business use.

Employees need training on best practices and devices should be updated with the latest safety features on a regular basis. You may even want to consider using a VPN to add an extra layer of security.

As remote working becomes increasingly possible and affordable for animation companies, there is a greater need for project managers and team leaders to put effective protocols in place that enables you to deploy remote working employees effectively.

Do you want to know more about how engaging and immersive animation can help internal communications? Drop us an email at info@dev.sbanimation.com.

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