YesPlz.AI, July 2022
YesPlz is a fully remote team, meaning that all of our daily collaboration takes place on a mix of Slack, Figma, Miro, and Notion, with team meetings on Google Meet. Besides the temptation to constantly add another tool to the mix, another common mishap that we’ve discovered while working remotely is communication.
The difference between in-office and remote communication is vast. And, while most team members don’t need to strategize their communication in-office, we’ve found that effective communication while working remotely is an entirely different animal.
Theories have floated around that successful remote communication is “burst-y,” requiring team members to communicate during certain periods of time, and take individual time to complete tasks in others.
The truth is, there isn’t one tried and true best practice for remote communication because it’s so new. But, here’s what we’ve learned through our personal experience working on remote teams that stretched from Hungary to Thailand.
In our eBook, we’ll go into more details of strategies and templates for communication.
Here’s a quick summary of what you can expect in the eBook:
Let’s be honest–most of us would rank communication at the bottom of our work priorities, when there’s so much to get done. And, in an office setting, communication is hardly a second thought–if we see our co-worker, we’ll commiserate with their heavy workload, get an OK for a small but necessary project step, or casually test the waters to make sure our planned summer getaway is still good to go.
But, remotely, we lose those small moments of “mini-communication”--there are no more casual conversations over a cup of morning coffee in the work kitchen.
Being intentional and strategic about communication is the only way to effectively communicate. That means thinking about when to give a project update, how to write that update, and deciding what information to share in a structured way. And, that’s not easy when there’s no framework for remote communication.
We’ve found that setting structure around giving daily updates (yes, you should) and asking for help (yes, you also should) can help team members that may struggle to come forward when stuck on a particular problem.
In our eBook, we go over the specific structure and ideas to communicate your needs.
If we can leave you with one closing tip, it’s:
When in doubt, over-communicate.
In our experience, no one can remember what every single team member is working on during every part of the day–so on the days when team members need space to be productive, that’s totally normal. But, it’s important to communicate when space is needed, so that everyone remains on the same page.
We love working as a distributed team–and the learning that comes along with it. Check out our LinkedIn page for more YesPlz tips.
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