The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is kindness, and in this post, we’re going to look at how we can be more kind to our teammates while we're apart.
Whether you get on with your colleagues or not, the fact of the matter is you spend most of your time with them.
Let’s say, under normal circumstances, you work in an office, has it ever occurred to you how much time you spend digitally communicating with the people around you?
At Atlassian Remote Summit, Head of Trello Chris Kimbell raised an important question — how much sense does it make asking people to commute to an office where they spend most of their day collaborating over applications like Slack and email?
Kimbell suggests, we actually spend more time working when we’re at home as opposed to in the office, because for one we’re not being distracted by people around us, and two we’re not having to commute.
Why do we insist on face-to-face meetings?
Meetings are often used in arguments against remote working because, for some reason, leaders are under the impression that face-to-face sessions are more effective.
It’s true, we’re more likely to have small talk and converse about topics that aren’t work-related when we’re with others in the physical sense, but the same can be had digitally, it just takes more effort.
When I sign in to video calls with my teammates, we make sure to have that small talk before and sometimes after we’ve discussed the topic at hand.
It’s about building a rapport, and although it may take more work over the internet, it’s not impossible. The real challenge lies in maintaining these relationships, and that goes for remote and on-site teams.
Take the time out to actually talk to your teammates
This is your chance to not only get ahead of assignments but to spend more time working on relationships with coworkers.
It will take effort, but believe me it won’t go unnoticed, in fact, you may end up forming stronger bonds because of the additional energy involved.
So before you message someone about a project or assignment, be sure to ask them how they are, you might just make their day!
“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker T. Washington
“You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.” – Jim Stovall
“Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi