remote workRemote work comes with a lot of benefits like easy access to talent, lower costs, and increased productivity. However, migrating full time workers to more time at home has lots of disadvantages, too. And one of them is relationship decay.

Relationships connect people in workplaces. Without them, businesses will just be filled with ergo chairs and old laptops. Working from a distance is not the only barrier to forming relationships with others.

As your employees transition to remote work Florence SC at co-working spaces and in cafes, and less time close to each other, the social fabric of their work will weaken. Email, slack, and video meetings become more efficient, but if they are the main or the only way your workers interact with others – your staff will lose out on those moments when they get to know each other on a more personal level.

In case leaders do not deal with this relationship decay, this could lead to a backlash that would erode a work revolution not only your employees but your company and the whole economy, too.

Why should you care about building work relationships? Collaboration between your employees needs more than just data transfer. When Google launched Project Aristotle, researchers found out that trust was the special ingredient that’s common across high performing teams. Emotional awareness and trust won’t be possible if you don’t really know who your co-workers are.

 

 

To improve relationships, here are a few things that leaders, managers, and employees can do when redesigning the remote team dynamics.

  1. Begin with a personal check-in

During virtual meetings, you can create a personal connection by asking others how their weekend was at the beginning of the meeting.

  1. Use Your Camera

In order to communicate better, humans depend on nonverbal communication. It’s better to turn on the camera so that you and your employees don’t miss any information during the conversation.

  1. Non-work Related Video Chat

Video chats are not exclusive for projects or clients. You can also have video chats even if it’s not work related. Leaders aren’t the only ones who can start this. All employees should be encouraged to create opportunities to connect with others.

  1. Set The Rules

Establish how you want things to be done right from the very beginning. You also need to know what your employees’ preferred communication style is as well as the best productivity windows. Cybersecurity experts also suggest setting rules on what should be avoided when working from home.

  1. Make Everybody Remote

It’s very easy to forget in meetings when almost everyone are in the room that somebody has dialed in. Consider adding a version wherein if one member is remote then all the others must be remote, too.

  1. Replicate the Features of Working Together

It’s best if you can recreate situation awareness among all your remote teams. Products such as Remo.co and Sococo can make an office map that shows who’s in when they are available.

  1. Real Presence Should Be A Priority

Lastly, make it a point for everyone to meet in person every once in a while. Gatherings can never be replaced by video conferencing.

 

Call SpartanTec, Inc. now and let our team of IT experts ensure cybersecurity as your workers transition to remote work.

 

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