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Communication challenges for remote teams

Communication challenges for remote teams

  • Body language. Even when we share the same space, the tone of a text or of an email is left wide open to interpretation and can generate anxiety.
  • The delay between our messages can often postpone or hide emotional reactions to our comments. Lacking an immediate response, we can become distracted, second-guess ourselves, or even grow frustrated with our teams.

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  • Physical (place and time)
  • Operational (team size, bandwidth and skill levels)
  • Affinity (values, trust, and interdependency).

The best way for managers to drive team performance is by focusing on reducing affinity distance.

.... while nearly 50% are involved with remote or virtual team work.

This continuing shift calls for a new range of behaviors and skills.

  • Communicate with the intention of being extremely clear, no matter the medium you are using;
  • Don’t bombard your team with messages;
  • Establish communication norms that bring clarity in communication;
  • See the hidden opportunities in written commu...

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