How can you make teams work effectively when not everyone is in the same location?
In remote working scenarios if you dont pay close attention you can end up with poor communication, disaffected staff, low morale and lower productivity. Here are five things to consider to help avoid these issues.The Issue
One thing that you want to ensure you dont lose are the conversations between team members, even if it is only to have a watercooler moment discussing last nights TV. These days there are many ways of achieving this beyond email. For more instant communications why not consider Skype, Yammer or Slack?Team Communications
Nothing cements team bonding more than a night out with a chance to unwind and get to know others better. Popular with many businesses in Reading and just round the corner from RBCs new offices is Sweeney & Todd. I have attended many team events there over the years and it is great for this.Regular group events
Make sure that your remote workers have the opportunity to work from the office occasionally. Being in a different place can often stimulate thoughts that wouldnt have arisen otherwise.Opportunities to Visit the Office
Nobody wants to feel isolated from the rest of the organisation so make sure that news and information makes its way to remote workers in a timely fashion. A company intranet is a great place for this information and is possible for organisations of all sizes.Company Wide Comms
It is easy to forget when working remotely just what your objectives are. For many this will ultimately mean a delivery to clients and customers, even if this is not their direct responsibility. Make available opportunities to reinforce this goal, perhaps by getting remote workers to meet clients or to be involved in the delivery of their work in some way.Meet Customers
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