Before we look at the best practices for effective remote communication, we need to have a clear understanding of the unique challenges remote workers face. In this 5-part video, we look at how distance changes the dynamics of leading distributed teams.
Remote team leaders recognize how remote work changes the dynamics and interactions of knowledge workers. Fundamental leadership principles are still relevant and highly applicable but some aspects of leadership must be done differently.
Distance affects the quality of social interactions which makes it more difficult to build trust and maintain connection among remote workers. Effective remote communication is a very critical factor in a team’s success.
Because remote workers are a chat or a video call away, leaders may fall into the illusion of ‘24/7 availability’. But this responsiveness comes at the expense of focused and meaningful work.
It is very easy to feel isolated and lonely when we work from home. Burnout, chronic fatigue and overwhelming stress are just some of the long-term effects when leaders neglect their remote team’s mental health and wellbeing.