Many businesses don’t have their team in the same location all day long so communication can be a struggle, so how do you communicate to a team over a distance?
There are a few things that can help open the lines of communication no matter the distance.
# Use technology – no longer do we just have phone or email, FaceTime, hangouts, videos calls have made talking over distance like talking in person and not limiting this to only one person. So make sure you use any opportunity to actually see the person as there is much more to communication than the words that we use. Facial expressions can give a much bigger picture to how they person is feeling and if your message is really getting across.
# Be flexible – team meetings aren’t what they used to be in an office at 9am, so as times have changed so we need to as well. Different locations, video calls, open spreadsheets, voice messaging and email have made it that all styles are cater for in communication. So in being flexible you are also working better with how your team like to communicate which can drastically increase their motivation.
# Check in regularly – when you see your team everyday you organically check in with progress and well being, when your team is separated by distance as the leader you need to make these check ins happen, so plan it in daily to send any email, make a call etc to one team member outside of the normal meetings to ensure you are up to date with where the team are at and to keep them engaged.
# Ask them how – when you have a diverse team the best way to meet every individuals needs is to ask them. How do you like to catch up? How often? And listen to not only what they say but what they don’t say. A lot of team members say ” only when you have time” don’t be fooled by this, they want your time and they want to be an important part of the team so don’t think anyone wants to not have check ins just manage this as you go along and as you get to know the person to understand their language.
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