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Personal User Manuals for Distributed Teams

People relate to each other in different ways, and in-office team members quickly learn each other’s styles. That’s not so easy in a distributed team, where team members are more remote, communicate mainly using technology, and have more diverse cultural backgrounds.

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Managing Conflict in Distributed Teams – Part One

Conflicts are inevitable in any workplace, but can be particularly challenging in distributed teams, where team members don’t work in the same office. As a leader, it’s important to understand these differences, so you can prevent conflicts before they occur if possible, and address them promptly when they do occur.

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Virtual Collaboration and 5 Myths About Leading Virtual Teams

Many managers admit they don’t know how to manage and lead virtual teams effectively — particularly when it comes to trust, communication, managing deadlines, and achieving consensus in decision-making. Even worse, there are some common myths about virtual teams, which can cause friction within the team or even seriously damage its performance.

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The five myths:

  1. Myth #1: It’s too difficult to build trust
    Reality: It’s not more difficult; it’s just different.
  2. Myth #2: It’s too difficult to build synergy
    Reality: Synergy is intentional, not incidental.
  3. Myth #3: Team members feel too isolated and detached
    Reality: Some personalities thrive under remote work arrangements.
  4. Myth #4: Interpersonal skills aren’t important
    Reality: If anything, interpersonal skills are even more important.
  5. Myth #5: You can’t measure and reward performance
    Reality: Sometimes you can do it even better.

After the webinar, I asked participants “What was the most useful thing you learned today?” Here are some of their answers:

“The opportunities are out there so make the most of them”

“It was all useful and I enjoyed the webinar (although in this case not applicable to me)”

“reminder of how to include others in virtual activities”

“That moving away from a physical office is not as scary as I thought”

“Collaboration tools and debunking the myths”

“Debunking of the 5 myths”

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Collaborative Overload

Collaborative Overload

We now have so many ways to collaborate – faster, more efficiently, and with more people. But is collaboration always such a good thing? Too much of it can lead to collaborative overload, which stifles decision-making, puts pressure on key people in your team, and defeats the purpose of having a smart, diverse, team.

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Commuting Disproportionately Affects Working Women

One of the most obvious and immediate benefits of working Out Of Office is that it eliminates commuting. This can be particularly beneficial for working women. Several studies have shown that commuting limits and stresses women more than it does men, primarily because women usually take on a greater share of household tasks. This article summarizes the issue:

Commuting, for women, gets added to an already heavy workload that often includes child care and the majority of day-to-day household tasks

Eliminating or reducing the daily commute helps alleviate the problem. Or you could share household tasks more equitably.

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Five Keys to Communicating Remotely

By definition, an Out of Office team has some or all of its members working remotely – and that raises important communication challenges. You might think you’re good at communicating remotely, but are you really? The article Five Keys to Communicating Remotely suggests five techniques to improve your communication with remote team members.

  1. Choose your tool wisely.
  2. Focus on the message received.
  3. Listen more carefully.
  4. Think about more than your message.
  5. Be more intentional.

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How to Connect Out-Of-Office Workers In Person

How to Connect Out-Of-Office Workers In Person

We talk a lot about how to make out of office work effective. But there are still benefits to meeting in person – even if it only happens occasionally. In this episode, we look at various scenarios for in-person meetings, as well as their pros and cons.

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Women in their 30s want higher pay over flexibility

We have often said one of the main benefits of Out of Office work is the flexibility it offers employees. In fact, some surveys show that telecommuters are even willing to take a pay cut in exchange for this flexibility.

But that’s not always the case!

Recent research from the International Consortium for Executive Development Research suggests the opposite might be true for some people. In particular, women in their 30s want higher pay over flexibility.

This doesn’t apply to everybody, of course. And it doesn’t invalidate earlier research. It simply shows that everybody is different, and organisations who embrace that diversity are more likely to keep the best talent.

Make working from home work for you

Many people look enviously at people who work from home, but they sometimes struggle when they are given the same opportunity. Working from home involves more than just a good Internet connection and a dedicated home office. That’s a good start, but it takes much more to make this successful – especially in the long term.

The article Make working from home work for you lists “13 home working must-haves”. Not surprisingly, a good Internet connection and a comfortable work space do make the list, but so do some other less obvious things.

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Infographic: How to Run Successful Remote Meetings

How to Run a Remote Meeting – An infographic by Hubstaff.com

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