If you are in a remote working environment, you might be wondering how you can develop meaningful connections with your team members. You may have never met your team members face-to-face, but you probably interact with them every day. How well do you really know them? If you are looking for a way to foster meaningful connections even while working remotely, there are a few important tips you should follow.
Be Intentional About Communication
If you want to foster meaningful connections with your team members, you need to be intentional about your communication methods. One of the biggest challenges of working remotely is communication. It can be difficult for you to keep in touch with your colleagues, particularly when you can’t simply walk down the hall to talk to them. You need to make an effort to keep in touch with your colleagues. Keep them in the loop with everything that is going on, and you will foster meaningful connections.
Show Interest in Life Outside of Work
When you work remotely, it can be difficult to get to know your colleagues outside of the office. That is why a lot of people find it easier to develop strong relationships with their colleagues when they work in a physical office. When you talk to your colleagues, make sure you take an interest in what life is like outside of work. Try to remember what you have talked about with them in the past, and follow up on that. That way, they will know that you are interested in what life is like beyond the office.
Know When To Switch To Video
The flexibility of text messages and emails is nice, but you need to know when to switch to video. It is always easier to develop a strong relationship with someone when you can see their face and read their body language. If you switch on the video camera from time to time, you will have an easier time developing strong relationships with your colleagues. Even though it may be a hassle to find a time that works for both of you, it is helpful.
Meet-Up in Real Life
You should also make an effort to meet up with your teammates in real life. See if there is a nice space in the local area where you can get together and chat. You may even want to show your teammates where you work during the day. There are lots of dedicated virtual coworking spaces that can make it easier for you to get your work done when you leave your house in the morning.
Have a Dedicated Virtual Work Environment
Finally, you should have a dedicated work environment as well. If you want to get to know your team members better, you may want to invite them to join you in your virtual co-working space. Furthermore, when you have a dedicated work environment, it will be easier for you to separate your work life and your home life. When you are able to relax a bit at home, you might have an easier time finding opportunities to hang out with your team members, which will help you get to know them better.
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