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Communication in fully remote teams

While remote work has many benefits, one disadvantage is reduced access to crucial communication cues, such as facial expressions. The lack of information can lead to miscommunication and conflict.
To counteract the negative effects and better manage your remote team:

  • Have regular one-on-one meetings with your direct reports.
  • Conduct all-hands meetings, where you gather your entire organization into one online space. This is the time to celebrate milestones, go over the next steps, hear updates, and bond as an organization.
  • Use a shared online workspace to keep everyone on your team informed on assignments, project progress, and deadlines.
  • Do team-building activities, such as book clubs, pop quizzes, game nights, etc.

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