It’s fair to say that the world of work looks a lot different now than it did five or six months ago. With Zooms meetings as the new normal and most people working in a home study instead of with their team, communication has become very different.
This means a new kind of team management. Remote teams have a new and unique set of challenges to over come such as really feeling like a team, missing out on each others company and the synergy that comes with working in the same physical space.
Here are some ways to bridge that gap and create a strong remote team culture.
1. Video team catch-ups, just to chill
One of the many things that make working remotely feel very different is the absence of our team in our physical space. Small things like grabbing lunch together, having a quick chat, and bouncing ideas off of each other in the moment, are currently on pause. So, the question is, what can we do to bring that social element into remote working?
One way of adjusting to this is just putting time in the calendar for everyone to have a call and talk about all things non-work related. Whether you do this once a week, or every few days, most people will enjoy the extra time to talk to their team and have a laugh.
2. Use tools that help with collaboration
The right tools can make all the difference when it comes to communicating and working within a remote team. Speed is essential but so is having an opportunity to brainstorm and record everyone’s thoughts. Here are a few tools that can help you keep team communication and collaboration, clear:
- Miro: great brainstorming tool that enables all members of the team to add their feedback at the same time. You can do everything from build wireframes to have brainstorming sessions.
- Slack: instant messenger and video chat tool that can be split into groups and integrated with plenty of other programs.
- Crello: design tool that allows you to create visuals for various platforms (from Instagram to email headers). You can upload your own fonts, colour pallets, and collect feedback from other members of the team.
- Trello: kanban board used for team collaboration – Trello gives you an opportunity to keep your team organised.
3. Always give additional context
From facial expressions to body language, face to face communication provides a world of context that you can’t always get from a DM or an email. That’s why providing people with additional context is so key to communicating well with your remote team.
To do this, you really want to consider it’s time to set up a video call to talk your team through an issue, road bump or maybe just explain a project from a to z.
4. Set clear, concise, goals
One of the many ways to keep your team motivated is to make sure that everyone has an objective and are striving towards it. By giving your team a goal, they can figure out the fine detail on their own. The additional independence will help them to grow into their roles and also provide you with some additional time to focus on your workload.
And that’s everything from us. If you have any tips or advice for remote team communication, then drop us a line in the comments below!