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How to Collaborate Effectively If Your Team Is Remote

Best practices in virtual teams communication

  • 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 communications, especially for those who might be less inclined to speak out in groups;
  • Create intentional space for celebration.

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How to Collaborate Effectively If Your Team Is Remote

https://hbr.org/2018/02/how-to-collaborate-effectively-if-your-team-is-remote#

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Key Ideas

22% of Americans work from home

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

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

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.

3 types of distance in remote teams

  • 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.

Best practices in virtual teams communication

  • 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 communications, especially for those who might be less inclined to speak out in groups;
  • Create intentional space for celebration.

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