Remote teaming is still teaming, and whether you’re new to the remote game, grappling with the decision of working remotely, or have been working remotely for a while, communication with your teammates remains key. In our research on remote teaming, we've found these those who excel at remote communication share these four characteristics.
For a long time, teams of knowledge workers were defined by their proximity – the people with whom you sat were the people with whom you worked. If you got transferred to a different department or team, it meant packing up your things and moving to wherever that team was – the idea being that to work closely with people you need to be able to communicate with them. And the only way to ensure efficient, reliable communication was to put those people in close proximity.
Team members work remotely for a number of reasons: an evolving industry, more flexibility in how work gets done, a desire to retain a valuable employee whose life is taking them to a new location. Whatever the reason, once you’ve made the plunge into any level of remote working, the best thing you can do is put yourself and your team in a position to be successful. It’s not always easy – a shift to remote teaming is a change, and change brings challenges – but here are three actions you can take to help your team succeed in the new normal.