Here are some simple things you can do to keep your people engaged and feeling like they’re part of something bigger.
With the rise of remote work, many of us are finding ourselves in uncharted territory, trying to navigate the professional and personal aspects of our lives from our homes. One of the most important things to maintain during this time is a healthy relationship with our colleagues and our loved ones. In this post, we will explore some effective ways to keep those relationships strong while working remotely.
Use Video Conferencing
Video conferencing has become the norm for remote teams looking to communicate and stay connected. Whether it's Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Skype, video conferencing simulates the in-person experience of communication, which is essential to preventing miscommunication and keeping people connected. Set up regular video conference calls to maintain a sense of camaraderie and to avoid isolation.
Establish Remote Work Boundaries
When working from home, it can be challenging to separate work and personal life, which can cause burnout and stress. Enforcing clear boundaries with colleagues and managers can help avoid getting overwhelmed. Establish set work hours, take breaks, and communicate schedules with everyone involved.
Collaborate on Shared Goals
Collaborating with remote colleagues fosters teamwork and cooperation. Sharing a common goal allows for mutual support, feedback, and encouragement. Working together ensures a smoother and efficient workflow, which is crucial when working remotely.
Maintain Regular Communication
Regular communication breeds healthy relationships, which is why it is essential to keep in touch with remote colleagues frequently. Even informal texts, calls, or messages check-ins to say hello or see how things are going can make a significant impact. Simple gestures go a long way and help maintain a sense of connection.
Encourage Team Building
As silly as it may sound, virtual games, streaming videos, and other remote activities can act as team-building exercises. These activities play a critical role in building rapport and increasing camaraderie amongst colleagues. Encourage activities that help create a sense of community, such as trivia games, workout sessions or virtual coffee breaks.
Maintaining relationships while working remotely is not a new concept, but it is something that we all need to embrace as the norm. Whether you are working remotely due to personal reasons, a global pandemic, or a work from home policy, the importance of building and maintaining healthy relationships remains the same. With the tips mentioned above, you can keep the remote workflow efficient, less stressful and ensure a sense of connection and camaraderie amongst remote colleagues. Remember, little things can make a big difference.
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