Whether you're an old pro at working in unusual or remote locations or you're new to it, it can be useful to keep some good practices in mind to help be productive, secure and healthy. With that in mind, we'll be sharing some tips from our own internal experts and from you, our Egnyte community members.
Today's Tip: Establishing teamwork and connection, even from afar, can help boost motivation and productivity.
For someone working in a traditional office environment, it can be easy to take the effortless watercooler chat for granted. Sure, sometimes it's about who won the game last night or what's on the schedule for lunch today, but at other times those conversations wander into problem-solving territory. It's how you find out what projects other people are working on, identify synergies, and even get feedback on that idea you've been kicking around for a while.
But even though it's not easy to have these sorts of conversations organically when you're remote, it doesn't mean they can't happen. It's important to find your tribe: who are the people you can connect with regularly outside of normal team meetings? It might make you cringe to think of putting yet another meeting on your calendar, but consider trying some or all of the following:
creating specific channels in your messaging program around projects and responsibilities or even hobbies and areas of interest
having a weekly standup with one to two other people whose ideas and feedback you trust
scheduling occasional virtual coffee with a company mentor or hosting occasional lunch-and-learns for newer colleagues
messaging a teammate to ask for a quick phone call-- spontaneity can still be good!
Of course, this all depends on how you work best with others and what energizes you in a collaborative setting. But the important part is to find the people who energize you or keep you on track and figure out how you can all connect using the tools already available to you. This sense of connection at a distance will help keep your ideas fresh and keep you from feeling disconnected and out of the loop.