From Collaboration to Isolation: Best Practices for Remote Teamwork

Going from a collaborative team dynamic at your office to working from home may seem like a daunting transition. With the reality of full-time, full-scale remote work coming to fruition with the continuous escalation of COVID-19, there’s more to consider than just the technology required to pull it off. If your team typically collaborates constantly in your office, you’ll likely face a learning curve when it comes to transitioning to digital teamwork. Whether you’re a team member or a team leader, there are several best practices to keep in mind as your team takes on the benefits and challenges of remote work.

Set goals and expectations

Refresh your team on the goals and expectations that everyone should be working towards daily. Consider implementing a morning huddle call, where everyone can review what they’re working on and action any existing challenges.  

Keep changes to a minimum

Transitioning to a new way of working may feel like a lot of change for yourself and your team members. To make this process as smooth as possible, ensure that you have access to as many of the same tools, digital resources and data that you would have at your office. VPN access is great for this.

Assign key contacts

Clarify roles and expectations within your group by re-enforcing key points of contact. Team members should know exactly who to reach out to if they have questions or issues to escalate. It should be just as easy as it is in the office.

Train on all digital tools

You may be a creature of habit when it comes to avoiding certain platforms in your day-to-day work. Maybe you were never properly trained to use it, or maybe it isn’t essential for you to know—but having proper training on digital tools is an essential piece of the puzzle in boosting the effectiveness of remote teamwork. Check in with any team members who you feel may need a quick how-to lesson.   

Get consensus

Involve the whole team when making decisions on how and when to communicate. A group survey can go a long way in making people feel included or accommodated for.

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