“None of us is as smart as all of us.”, Ken Blanchard
Nov 11, 2020
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It is common courtesy to spell out or pronounce the name of a colleague correctly. However, many people with non-generic or non-western names face a problem of their name not being registered in the right way in other people's minds.
This results in a less inclusive workplace, both physical or virtual, for people who are from diverse backgrounds.
It can be difficult to explain complex ideas. The lack of face-to-face interaction limits social cues, which may lead to misunderstandings and conflict.
Writing is increasingly important now as remote work has gone mainstream.
Be it Email, Slack, or Notion, all remote work is communicated with the help of writing. Writing helps save time by summarizing points in black and white to facilitate asynchronous communication, something of a mainstay in global organizations.
Remote workers save money by avoiding the expenses that come with a traditional office and can choose the best people for their team regardless of their location. They get to enjoy more flexibility, get rid of daily commutes, and spend more time at home with their families.
Downsides to remote work: decreased connection between workers and between the worker and the company, increased feelings of isolation and of being mistreated by colleagues, and decrease in productivity and company morale.
Patriotism is an inborn human sentiment and part of a subconscious drive toward group bonding and allegiance. According to some recent studies, patriotism is in our genes.
But this allegiance is not always a warm feeling of connection. Sometimes the bond with a group serves as a powerful wedge to single out those who are different. Sometimes what makes us feel connected is not a love of country but a common enemy.
Most of us have switched to working primarily online since March, and the initial excitement of virtual happy hours is long gone.
When having a video conference, keep in mind that you are talking to a group of individuals who are sitting at home alone at their computers. They have every temptation and opportunity to multitask.
Don't assume your virtual gathering shares the same goal as the canceled in-person one. Keep these questions in mind:
The pandemic has forced companies the world over to move to remote working protocols. But like most things worth doing, there are different levels of proficiency and sophistication to scale.
Just because you have tools like Zoom, Slack, and email, does not mean you will be efficient. Tools are only as good as how you use them.
Companies need to create cultures centered on employees. Strong cultures create effective working teams that attract top talent, while weak cultures can quickly lead to burnout or employees heading for the exit.