How to get the attention of people who are far away

How to get the attention of people who are far away

What to do when your remote co-worker does not deliver

Modern work requires you to work with others. Whether you are working in a company, in a small business or as a freelancer, at the very least you have to work with your client, in most cases with more people. On top of that, we are usually working on different projects that involve different people in any given time period.

One of the biggest problems for remote workers is to get the attention of those collaborators when they need it. In presence situations, when someone becomes unresponsive or does not do a good enough job, we have a fail-safe back-up: When you work in the same office, you would simply walk over to your colleague and ask, why he has not answered you yet. If your client is in the same city, you call a meeting and sit down with him face-to-face. Continue reading “How to get the attention of people who are far away”

Do you dread virtual meetings? Make them better

Do you dread virtual meetings? Make them better

What YOU can do to make virtual meetings better for yourself

Many remote workers spend much of their time in virtual meetings and conference calls. Many of these calls are not well organised nor are they properly facilitated, but what is worst, you can still have experiences like the one shown in this video: Continue reading “Do you dread virtual meetings? Make them better”

You do not need tools, you need to connect with people

You do not need tools, you need to connect with people

How we use tools and why we use them is more important than which tools we use

In a recent post, I talked about the physical workspace of a remote worker. In this post, I want to talk about the virtual environment, the digital tools, that make up the other half of her workspace.There are tons of tool lists on the internet, each with a great rationale of why you should be using a specific set of tools. Amidst all this information, how do we choose which tools we really need?

There are tons of tool lists on the internet, each with a great rationale of why you should be using a specific set of tools. Amidst all this information, how do we choose which tools we really need? Continue reading “You do not need tools, you need to connect with people”

Remote teamwork is different! Should we care?

Remote teamwork is different! Should we care?

How is working remotely with others different from the co-located face-to-face settings we are used to?

The main difference lies in the fact that projects have become very complex. As companies and organizations become international, project teams become more and more distributed.

While in the past there might have been 1 or 2 remote team members, today, we find a lot of teams distributed across many time zones, where physical distance and cultural differences create a very diverse setting.

It is not just the complexity within the team that has increased. Also, the organizational and team contexts have become more diverse. Continue reading “Remote teamwork is different! Should we care?”

Trust in remote teams: Three tools and the larger picture

Trust in remote teams: Three tools and the larger picture

For some time, we have been observing a general tendency within society to seek simple and clear-cut solutions to complex questions. And, when you think of trust in distributed teams, there seems to be a similar approach. The work situation in those teams is usually quite complex: Team members work in several locations and different times zones. Teams consist of members with different national and corporate backgrounds. The channels of (mostly virtual) communication are thin. When team leaders have questions about building trust in their distributed teams, they usually opt for fast and preferably simple solutions, such as tools and checklists. This is understandable, considering the pressure they feel. They quickly have to deliver ambitious results in their projects or in matrix organizations. Continue reading “Trust in remote teams: Three tools and the larger picture”

The story we are making up…

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We will be talking more about Building Trust in Remote Teams in our upcoming webinar on Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (CEST).

This webinar will take a close look at the concept of trust in teams and its importance for virtual collaboration. Among others, we will examine the questions: Can a team be productive without trust? What is trust? How do you make sure trust is established in your team?

As in all our webinars we will not only share and discuss the concept, but also share a tool that you can apply in your own team context.

Register here!

3 ways to use slides and captivate a virtual audience

3 ways to use slides and captivate a virtual audience

Ever heard of Death by Powerpoint? Even if you have not, you probably have sat in on presentations where the presenter uses presentation slides more to remind himself of the things he wanted to say than to help you understand his message. To me, the worst version of this is when each slide is packed with words in small font, and they are read off the slides by the presenter.

But slides can be quite useful and help your audience stay engaged. In a virtual meeting, slides can serve a number of purposes: Continue reading “3 ways to use slides and captivate a virtual audience”