How Well Are You Adapting to the New Remote Workplace Challenges?
Are you simply “working from home” or are you making a difference as a member of a remote team?
For many of you, your workplace has changed significantly in the last two months. Maybe remote work was thrust on you – you didn’t expect it or want it. Or maybe you’ve been angling for the chance to eliminate your commute and work remotely, so your new situation was a welcome change. Either way, it doesn’t take long to learn that working remotely is different in ways you weren’t expecting or prepared for.
Perhaps you have school-aged children and are now adding “homeschool teacher” to your job description. Or perhaps on top of your new work challenges, you are responsible for the care of sick family members. Plus the concern and stress over an unknown future with regard to how we live our daily lives.
And all this while is all swirling around while you’re trying to do your job.
There is a big difference between just working from home and contributing and making a difference as a member of a remote team. And that difference matters to you, to the people you work with (even if you don’t see them every day), and to the organization that pays you.
That’s a lot of balls to juggle, and all of them are critically important to us. We can’t afford to let any of them drop. So, what can you do to effectively and positively contribute and make a difference as a remote team member? How can you help your team members keep all these balls in the air?
We developed 12 Weeks to Being a Great Remote Teammate to help remote workers move from surviving with a computer at home to being an integral part of a successful team.
- A weekly video from Wayne or Kevin introducing the week’s theme
- A 30-minute recorded webinar full of tips and best practices so you can improve in the theme of the week.
- A piece of downloadable written content in PDF format. This might be a relevant article, a checklist, or an assessment.
Choose from the following individual modules:
Being an Engaged Remote Worker
This module addresses your engagement – the single most important factor of being a successful remote worker. It’s harder to be and stay engaged when you work remotely. You don’t see people every day and thus don’t have the seemingly minor interactions that help forge social bonds and connection. It takes work to maintain engagement, and as a remote teammate, becoming and staying engaged is not the organization’s duty. How proactive you are in creating and maintaining work relationships is largely on you. In this module, you will learn what active engagement actually looks like. You will learn how to proactively communicate in a way that cultivates personal relationships, and how to use technology to improve your engagement, productivity and success as a remote teammate.
Building Relationships Remotely
Good working relationships with others are critical when working remotely – maybe even more than when you see people everyday. This module will explain the value in working relationships, provide actionable tips for overcoming the remote hurdle and give you specific actions that you can take immediately to help build and maintain the connections that make your work easier, more productive, and enjoyable.
How to Work with Others
This module is about working with others remotely, which might sound obvious since that’s the key to being a remote worker. But we’re not just talking about getting work done, we’re going to talk about doing it in a way that builds relationships and paves the way for work to get easier over time. In this module, you will learn the 3 keys to working remotely, the role technology plays in your success, why team processes matter, what impacts our priorities as a remote worker and how to use the 80/20 rule to successfully work with others.
Building Trust Remotely
The focus of this module is trust – why it matters and how can you build or repair it. As you can imagine (and likely know), building and keeping trust from a distance is significantly more challenging than situations where you are co-located. In this module, we’ll take a look at a model for assessing, building, and re-building trust between you and your manager and your teammates. You will learn how to use the “Trust Model” to successfully build trust with your remote teammates.
Giving and Receiving Feedback
Feedback produces better results, improved performance, less frustration and conflict and improved relationships – among other things. This module will help you build confidence in using these skills – both giving and receiving feedback, and help you understand the differences and challenges in doing this remotely.
Meetings and Your Role
Meetings may be your best opportunity to demonstrate your engagement and value to your manager and your teammates. In this module, we will discuss your role in meetings, the 3 Ps of a successful remote meeting, as well as tips and techniques for attending and adding value to your team’s meetings.
Balancing Work and Team Tasks
Your job is task work + team work. In this module, you will learn tools for managing your time and thinking beyond the moment. You will learn how to understand the difference between your work and team work. You’ll learn how to overcome the challenges of overall balance between the two and set you up for long-term success.
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