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5 Things That All Remote Teams Need In 2021

2021 is here at long last, and if, like many Americans, your work team has suddenly gone remote, you may be wondering what you can do to help everyone feel more together when we’re meant to be spending time apart.

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The Rise of Remote Working

Remote working has been popular for many years now, but it wasn’t until the global pandemic hit in 2020 that remote working suddenly became the norm over office-based working.

Now that you’re likely to be working from home either more often or for the foreseeable future, there are a few things you can do to ensure that your ream stays on track and you don’t lose that precious momentum and team spirit you built up back in the office.

Consistent Email Signatures

Emails are a way of life for remote teams, and try as we might, they don’t look like they’re going to be replaced any time soon.

Getting a consistent email signature across your organization will help you look more put together, even if you’re all far apart. Installing Email signature software for G-Suite or Office 365 will allow you to centrally manage your email signatures and help everyone look like the team.

Collaborative Cloud-Based Working

If your office was quite paper based before the pandemic hit, you’ve probably had a bit of a hard time adjusting to the need to make everything virtual.

In truth, paper-based offices are soon to be a thing of the past, as everything moves online and onto cloud-based systems, and you should be ensuring your team is on board with collaborative cloud-based working right from the get-go.

Respect for Other Lifestyles

Along with a lack of office-based working comes a bigger push to ditch the traditional 9-5. This has been a big thing in the last few years, but with many parents needing to supervise their children while schools are closed, the move to do away with 9-5 working has sped up.

If this is your office, respect others’ lifestyles, and if they say they won’t be online until 11 am, don’t expect replies to emails at 8 am just because you are up and awake.

Video Calling Etiquette

A year ago, few people would say, “I love a good Zoom call!” and now… well, many people still hate Zoom calls!

This is usually because they can be so awkward, and people are too polite to ask others to turn their mics off, especially when trying to combat barking dogs or crying children!

Develop a set of video calling guidelines for your company to help set the standard for your calls.

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Respect for Privacy

Along with respecting others’ lifestyles is respecting others’ privacy. Many people feel uncomfortable having their webcam on because of their home situation or fears that their children will be on screens.

A great workaround for this is to have a standard business virtual background available for staff to use, allowing them to keep their privacy when it matters most.

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