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5 Super Awkward WFH Moments You’ve Probably Experienced

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5 Super Awkward WFH Moments You’ve Probably Experienced
These things happen to everyone, right? Right?

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Workplace Awkwardness

Workplace Awkwardness

We all may have experienced awkward moments at school/college or the workplace. Things like waving back to a person who was only waving to someone behind you, or having to run towards an elevator door because your boss is holding it for you, across the hall.

These moments are inevitable and generally attract people who are already confused or introverted.

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Virtual Awkwardness

The weird, awkward moments have now gone virtual due to most of our interactions and communications happening online, while we (try to) work from home.

Apart from the common talking while on mute gaffe, there are many other award-worthy super-awkward classics in the ‘Zoom’ world in our bedrooms.

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Five Awkward Moments during WFH

  1. Realizing your topwear has been the same all week in your virtual team meetings and presentations.
  2. Bottomwear is now strictly Yoga pants, but it’s awkward if noticed on a zoom call.
  3. Talking over others, due to tech glitches like a bad network, mute button hell, and hard-to-guess visual cues.
  4. Our pets making a grand entry from behind, inside our zoom call.
  5. Pretentious laughing over a joke we don’t get, especially related to the office you’ve never been to.

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Decreasing Awkwardness

Decreasing Awkwardness
  • Find common interests and discuss them.
  • Encourage others to talk about what interests them.
  • Be gentle or help someone out, even if it is on a small thing.

Situations That Lead To Awkwardness

  • Walking into a room where you don't know any of the other people.
  • Being in a situation in which you don't know what you are supposed to do.
  • You are all talking amongst yourself and an unknown person approaches the group.
  • When a conversation does not go smoothly. 
  • Discomfort around food. 
  • Invading someone else's personal space—or having your own space invaded.
  • Not remembering someone or their name or not being remembered.
  • Been put in the spotlight or when others start talking about you while you are in the same room.

Holiday events build connections

Holiday events build connections

Working from home has the potential to be very isolating. Holding virtual holiday events are a way to build connections with faraway colleagues.

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Challenges remote workers face

Just being invited to the party is not enough. Many companies inadvertently make remote employees feel like second-class citizens. When organizing company events, they do not consider the logistical problems their remote employees face, such as plane tickets and hotel costs.

Some companies who do remember to host remote workers do not always include them properly. Videoconferencing means virtual employees can watch everyone having a good time, but they can't participate and will still feel excluded.

Including remote workers takes creativity

In order to make a holiday event inclusive for everyone, companies can come up with ways to celebrate and have fun together.

  • They could set a clear expectation that for the first half-hour, employees will talk about their greatest accomplishments from the year and what they want to bring into the new year.
  • Turning on the camera could be made mandatory.
  • Come prepared with conversation starters like, "What's your plan for the holiday?"
  • An instant messaging platform like Slack can be used for people to discuss their interests outside work.
  • Companies can give a budget to employees who live in the same location to throw their own local holiday party.
  • Those who don't have other colleagues close can create their own party open to anyone working remotely. They can unite around the idea of remote work.

Visibility As A Valuable Remote Work Skill

Visibility As A Valuable Remote Work Skill

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The Benefits Of More Face Time

Research found those who get more face time with management by being co-located are assigned better work assignments from their managers, are awarded promotions more frequently, and are less aware of their remote counterparts.

Many companies have learned how to integrate remote work into their business. Now is the time to set up structures to support the visibility and growth of remote teams long-term.

Creating A Digital Office That Feels Connected

There are four steps to it:

  • Communicate frequently.
  • Cultivate a shared identity and purpose.
  • Be dependable, reliable, and accessible.
  • Connect with others authentically.

To key to building a culture of visibility with your remote team is perceived proximity, where your remote team members feel connected to others mentally and emotionally. In the physical work environment, you feel comfortable talking to people, regardless of rank. However, you may feel more awkward to ping the CEO a question in chat when you've never seen them in the lunch line or said hi in the hallway.

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