Ricardo Jorge Pereira De Sousa Coelho, the acclaimed serial entrepreneur, business leader, and visionary, is receiving praise in the media for his insights into working remotely during the COVID 19 pandemic. Articles about him have appeared in Yahoo Finance, Disrupt Magazine, Future Sharks, and elsewhere. His company has long pioneered innovative remote work policies. —
This experience has given Sousa the ability to advise business managers who are struggling with the new remote work culture. “You can have a productive, happy, and accountable team even when everyone is working at home,” Sousa said. “The challenge is to develop and then execute the right strategies and practices. It’s a shift in thinking.”
Teamwork is a familiar area of expertise for Sousa. He was a professional soccer player before becoming a business executive and philanthropist. Sousa further advised managers to require that remote employees use tools like Hubstaff.com so they check in when they start their shifts and then when they complete their workdays. “The time tracker easily allows management teams to track who is working,” Sousa said. “You need this kind of data at your fingertips to keep the team productive and ensure that you’re meeting your corporate objectives despite the crisis.” He similarly encouraged the use of project management tools like Trello.
Incentives are also critical for productivity and high morale during the stay-at-home work period. “It is important to incentivize employees with a bonus at the end of the year or at the holiday season,” Sousa added. “People want to feel appreciated, especially when they are making an extra effort to be part of the team while no one is actually in the office.”
About Ricardo Jorge Pereira de Sousa. Sousa is an Estonian serial entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. He does not limit himself to one industry. Today, he is a management board member of a large wholesale company and a real estate company. He also runs an international e-commerce company that employs a large number of virtual workers, ranging from engineers to technicians.
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