Though there are some companies that are thriving during this time in terms of their communication with one another, there are also many companies struggling to find ways to effectively communicate while working virtually. If you, as a leader, find that you’re having a hard time forming/keeping strong communication habits with your team, you aren’t alone. It can be difficult to make the transition from working in the office and talking face-to-face to working remotely and communicating virtually. In fact, one study found that 84% of virtual workers said that virtual communication is more difficult than face-to-face communication.
Even though employees are finding that it’s harder to communicate virtually, doesn’t mean that you can’t work towards strengthening communication while in these extended virtual environments. One way that you can do this is by implementing some of the virtual communication strategies that have been proven to be most effective.
For example, a study conducted by Culture Wizard found that the most beneficial communication between remote employees happened when they were taking part in a conference call or a video conferencing call.
With this information in mind, try and set aside at least two times during each workweek where your team can get together for team meetings either by conference call or by video call. This will give you all some time to discuss any concerns, questions, or ideas that they may be having, and will only help to form positive communication habits within your company. When employees feel heard, they’ll begin to feel more comfortable sharing their thoughts and feelings with you and their coworkers.
Another thing that you may want to consider working on within your company is promoting more collaboration between your team. In a survey conducted by Visix, 39% of employees believe that people in their own organization don’t collaborate enough, and another survey conducted by Salesforce found that 86% of employees and executives said that lack of collaboration or ineffective communication was a huge component of workplace failures.
Being able to collaborate with your team is vital to your company’s overall success. If you find that someone on your team is struggling to complete a project on time and could use some extra hands, consider putting someone on the project with them (or jump on the project yourself). Let them know that they aren’t alone and that they are apart of a team that is there to help when needed.
“The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team.” – Phil Jackson
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