Feeling Connection As A Remote Worker? It's About The Little Things
Nonvirtual work cements social relationships. And for remote workers, being committed to making an effort and spending resources to make remote work feel personal and connected can replace that.
Just scheduling a video call once a week and having some pleasant small talk can be enough to build relationships that last.
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These few weekly half-hours small talk make work more enjoyable. Communication barriers are lowered and channels smoothened.
Mutual reliance, understanding, and coordination increase. Slowing down and making social time helps people be better teammates.
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