Optimizing Your Team for Remote Work and Better Communication

Covid Has Changed the Way We Communicate

With more virtual interactions and less face-to-face exchanges, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we communicate and connect with coworkers. Gone are the days of standing around the water cooler and making small talk with one another. Instead, at our home offices, we tune into Zoom calls and so often experience the joys of interruptions from our “four-legged colleagues” or “two-legged companions.”

The silver lining is that, for many, the commute from the bedroom to the office is a quick one and productivity has increased as a result. In fact, studies show that we have been able to accomplish more than we thought possible. According to Gallup, remote workers are even more effective today than on-site workers. Not only that but working from home has also led to healthier lifestyles for many people.

In order to maintain this productivity and keep employees happy and engaged, it is more important than ever to ensure an effective communication system is in place.

 

Lean on Experts Who Have Been Through This Before

Even if you can’t communicate in person, you don’t need to be an expert in communication to succeed in the remote world. Leaning on an expert who has those skills will alleviate the pressure and allow you to focus on what matters. In fact, Treximo has excelled in the virtual environment with our customers and clients, even before the pandemic started.

COLLABORATION TOOLS

Here are some tools that we often recommend to our clients based on their ease of use, the ability to connect disparate teams, and/or their ability to facilitate virtual collaboration.

Teleconference Tools (in alphabetical order)

  • Blue Jeans
  • Fuze
  • Google Hangout
  • GoTo Meeting
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Ring Central
  • Webex
  • Zoom

Collaboration Tools  (in alphabetical order)

  • Asana
  • Basecamp
  • Box
  • Clarizen
  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive
  • Microsoft Project
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Mural
  • Office Timeline
  • One Drive
  • SharePoint
  • Slack
  • Smart Sheet

Adapting to Changes

As Treximo consultants, we were ready to share our experiences as soon as our clients moved into the virtual work environment. We’ve coached clients to run more effective virtual team meetings, keep remote teams engaged, and ensure that small and large projects can continue to be delivered successfully. We also helped clients facilitate virtual offsite meetings and various training for projects, professional development, and new teams.

Adapting to changes is not an easy task, even clients who were familiar with the virtual world went through a transition period. If you find yourself struggling during this transition period, you are not alone. Contact us to get started.

 

Author:

Connie Xu
Senior Manager, Program Management
Treximo