Hello, how are you doing? It’s been almost a year since many of us were plunged into working from home. And while you’d think this would be enough time for us to get our bearings, some of us are still floundering. Below are some tips and tricks to consider when it comes to good remote work manners. They come from a book you can download for free called Get Remote Work Done by Madhan Kanagavel.
Share Accomplishments, Not Presence
Many people new to remote work are anxious to show their presence or the fact that they are busy doing things. Sharing outcomes is more impressive and shows real work is getting done.
Since remote communication can completely remove the other cues you get when talking to a person face-to-face, make sure you go out of your way to be polite and respectful.
Any message sent to you that needs your attention (could be a reply or an action) typically cannot go unanswered for more than 24 hours.
It is quite easy to be detached and aloof, minding your own work and not really participating in chat, banter or discussions. But do make the effort to engage with your team. This is hard work and it can be a bit distracting, but makes work way more fun.
Develop Cultural Awareness
When working across different time zones, it is highly likely that you will be working with a diverse set of people. This requires effort from the leaders and the team to ensure that everyone is aware of such differences and to be sensitive to those needs. When cultural norms are being flouted inadvertently, the leader must make the effort to correct and explain the problem.
Have Better Meetings
Meetings suck up time. So, to be productive, try to organize your time so that you bunch all of your meetings as much as possible in a day and if possible, keep a few days in a week relatively meeting-free. Keep meetings to the point and don’t let a few people monopolize the conversation.
We hope that these remote work tips and tricks help you. They have certainly helped the AirSend team become happier and more productive working from home.
Until next time!
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