How to Collaborate Effectively If Your Team is Remote

Reading time: 5 minutes | By: SkyDogg  | Aug 08, 2022

Technology has made communications easier. A person sitting in the USA can talk and see another person living on the other side of the globe in real-time. However, people who worked in the office and shifted to work from home recently know that there can be misunderstandings and confusion during virtual communication.

The right collaboration tools alone will not facilitate remote work; the employees also need the right collaboration skills. Body language is a great factor in communication, and only the right collaboration skills will make up for it when working remotely.

Here are three tactics to improve collaboration when working from home.

Create multiple discussion channels

Live chat is a powerful tool for remote teams, but if all the information flows through a single channel, the information will quickly get lost, and team members may miss out on important points. To avoid this, remote teams now create a separate communication channel for each discussion topic. 

In the case of marketing and salespeople, separate channels can be created for discussing leads, training, events, etc. This can avoid information loss, and team members can catch up anytime, even if they miss a discussion.

Use the right collaboration tools

Remote teams need better collaboration tools than teams working from the office. In an office environment, employees can discuss the project in person and get feedback and suggestions, which is not possible when working from home.

There are cloud-based communication and collaboration tools that are tailored to the specific needs of remote working, and these tools can be integrated with your business software to make communications hassle-free. 

Record every meeting

All remote team members may not be working at the same time, and some will miss the meetings. There can be distractions at home, and team members may miss important points discussed, and so it is a good practice to record every meeting.

Some businesses set up meetings earlier every day to discuss what each member will be doing in the next 24 hours. Employees report that these meetings help them understand their tasks better, improve communication and productivity, and make it easier to track progress.

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