It seems we've reached the crest of the wave when it comes to the discussion on whether flexible/remote/home-working is the right thing for organisations to support. Turns out, it is. Data tells us that flexible and home-working increases productivity and provides greater work/life balance.
But what's the impact on a team that has these types of arrangements? What does it do to morale and engagement? And how can we make sure our values, trust and interdependence are not adversely affected?
This article explores some of the risks the age of digital working has thrown up and some fantastic ways to keep the connection alive with remote teams.
Why do remote teams demand new collaboration skills? What’s missing from our texts, emails, conference calls, and other digital communications? Body language. Even when we’re co-located, the tone of a text or the formality of an email is left wide open to interpretation, to the point that even our closest friends get confused. These misinterpretations create an anxiety that can become costly, affecting morale, engagement, productivity, and innovation.