"Async first does not mean async-only."
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Once a project has been started, you can actually still get a lot of things done even when apart. Work can happen effectively without the need of huddling the team up as long as you all have well-written and well-organized communication with each other.
Tip: Create an easily searchable thread for the problems that your team encounters and needs solving, and tag the people involved.
Ad hoc conversations in group chats only leave jumbled information or get hidden in email chains.
Don't hold meetings that leave out important participants!
If not everyone who is essential to the meeting will be unable to attend then turn the meeting into a detailed written communication that allows everyone to participate instead.
Traditional brainstorming meetings don't work because of the time crunch and the pressure it places on everyone involved.
Often, we get a few good ideas here and there but it's not an inclusive practice at all.
Async brainstorming needs more than an hour - which could last for days or at most two weeks in order to produce well-thought-out outcomes.
Put everything you need in a written format - doing so clarifies everyone's scope, timelines, and responsibilities.
If there are more than a handful of things to work through or work schedules to align and the many unknown scopes of the project, a meeting should be held. But, do not forget to transfer outcomes into writing so that everyone stays on the same page.
These can be done without needing to gather everyone. You can keep everyone updated through a well-written, detailed, check-in post.
It's inefficient to have all your team members to sit through a meeting where most of the topics don't involve everyone directly.
Announcements should be made available to everyone instead and let them peruse it on their own time. The information that will be shared should be well-designed that is easily readable which can be skimmed for big-picture takeaways or scrutinized for the nitty-gritty details.
There are mainly two ways to communicate within a company: synchronous and asynchronous communication. While the second type has always been widely practiced, as face-to-face meetings or any other in-person communication, the second type is just slowly being discovered.
In fact, asynchronous communication enables team members to respond to their colleagues whenever they can, without putting pressure on them that the answer should be provided immediately.
Most companies embracing remote work also have dedicated headquarters. But remote-ish teams have even more communication and collaboration challenges than fully remote teams.
For example, in hybrid teams, remote employees are often left in the dark. Office workers are often heard, recognized, and promoted, while remote workers are forgotten.
Back-to-back video calls, all-day team chats combined with an expectation of immediate response is taking its toll on people trying to work from home.
In the quest to create a real-time interaction of the office, we are cutting the remote workers' ability to get things done.
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