Try the tips below to help foster that all-important collaborative feeling between your team members, even if they are distributed across the world.
See people face-to-face
Face it: Seeing people’s faces during the day matters. Video chat tools can be a great way for your team to get face-time even when they’re a world away. From quick chats to longer meetings, it’s key to see your team throughout the day to foster connections.
Don’t schedule meetings at 1AM Sydney time
Planning meetings can get tricky when your team is spread across the world. To eliminate multiple scheduling emails, encourage everyone to share their calendars, or use a survey tool like Doodle to poll people for their availability.
Express yourself with emojis
Using an internal chat tool is one way for distributed teams to communicate while cutting down on inbox overload. Before instituting these tools, think about how they can contribute to your overall culture. For example, if your team is more laid back, you may want to set up themed channels within your chat tools. People can use them to have a little fun and get to know each other better.
Change your scenery
If you’re working from home and sprawling out on the sofa every day gets old, try mixing up your routine. One of the main benefits of working from home is that you can create the workplace that works for you. So check out a co-working space, coffee shop, or great park nearby. You get a change of scenery and a chance to explore your city—a win-win situation.
Write, comment, and chat in the same document
File-sharing tools make it easy for multiple people to work in the same document. That way team members can see in real-time how a project is evolving and what they need to contribute to get the task done.
Working remotely doesn’t have to feel so remote. If you make an effort to connect your team, people will start feeling more open with each other, and a unified team will emerge.