What to do when your remote co-worker does not deliver
Modern work requires you to work with others. Whether you are working in a company, in a small business or as a freelancer, at the very least you have to work with your client, in most cases with more people. On top of that, we are usually working on different projects that involve different people in any given time period.
One of the biggest problems for remote workers is to get the attention of those collaborators when they need it. In presence situations, when someone becomes unresponsive or does not do a good enough job, we have a fail-safe back-up: When you work in the same office, you would simply walk over to your colleague and ask, why he has not answered you yet. If your client is in the same city, you call a meeting and sit down with him face-to-face. Continue reading “How to get the attention of people who are far away”
What YOU can do to make virtual meetings better for yourself
Many remote workers spend much of their time in virtual meetings and conference calls. Many of these calls are not well organised nor are they properly facilitated, but what is worst, you can still have experiences like the one shown in this video: Continue reading “Do you dread virtual meetings? Make them better”
How we use tools and why we use them is more important than which tools we use
In a recent post, I talked about the physical workspace of a remote worker. In this post, I want to talk about the virtual environment, the digital tools, that make up the other half of her workspace.There are tons of tool lists on the internet, each with a great rationale of why you should be using a specific set of tools. Amidst all this information, how do we choose which tools we really need?
There are tons of tool lists on the internet, each with a great rationale of why you should be using a specific set of tools. Amidst all this information, how do we choose which tools we really need? Continue reading “You do not need tools, you need to connect with people”
How is working remotely with others different from the co-located face-to-face settings we are used to?
The main difference lies in the fact that projects have become very complex. As companies and organizations become international, project teams become more and more distributed.
While in the past there might have been 1 or 2 remote team members, today, we find a lot of teams distributed across many time zones, where physical distance and cultural differences create a very diverse setting.
It is not just the complexity within the team that has increased. Also, the organizational and team contexts have become more diverse. Continue reading “Remote teamwork is different! Should we care?”
Ever heard of Death by Powerpoint? Even if you have not, you probably have sat in on presentations where the presenter uses presentation slides more to remind himself of the things he wanted to say than to help you understand his message. To me, the worst version of this is when each slide is packed with words in small font, and they are read off the slides by the presenter.
But slides can be quite useful and help your audience stay engaged. In a virtual meeting, slides can serve a number of purposes: Continue reading “3 ways to use slides and captivate a virtual audience”
Intercultural communication has been a topic in teams and organisations for quite some time. Still, in recent years the situation has changed and now requires a different approach to dealing with cultural differences.
Until only a few years ago, most members of a team were sitting in one location. They had rarely more than one dominating culture. The responsibility to bridge the distance (and the cultural difference) was mainly with the team leader and other high level managers, who would travel around to world to keep in touch with their people and ensure that the work done in the different locations was coordinated and coherent. In some cases the managers were sent to a different country, where they had to learn how the culture differed from their own and adapt to the local practices.
This situation has changed quite considerably in most organisations. Today, most teams spread across many countries, if not continents. There might still be a large group of people in one location (typically in headquarters) but the team is predominantly distributed, and includes people from a number of different cultures. Furthermore, most if not all communication is virtual, and virtual distance (physical, but also operational and most importantly affinity distance) heavily influences the effectiveness of a team.
Continue reading “How to deal with intercultural issues in remote teams”
It’s a kind of magic: Working effectively in remote teams
Our work situation has shifted in recent years. More and more of us are working in teams that are distributed across different locations, countries and sometimes even continents. It is not enough to learn to use online tools to communicate and collaborate with our team mates. Our teams now work across geographies, time zones, organizational boundaries, and disciplinary and cultural gaps.
Finding agreements, giving feedback, or simply discussing some work challenge, which used to be about the contents, can now become really complicated discussions ending in misunderstandings or even conflict. This new situation requires us to unlearn habits that had once served us well and adopt new cooperation processes.
Our interactive webinar series will look at different challenges of remote teams and each webinar gives concrete tips how to improve collaboration, engagement and performance within your team. The webinars are free and each will have space for only 30 participants.
Topics include intercultural communication, virtual presentations, trust, conflicts, and many more.
Check out out webinar page to find out about the next webinar: http://webinars.radical-inclusion.com.