How To Build Effective Communication Skills With Staff Working From Home

Effective communication between yourself and your staff is essential in building a work environment that is harmonious and works well. This is especially important when you have staff who work remotely as in-person communication is possible.

Therefore, creating effective methods of communication which work for both remote staff and staff who work in-house is vital in ensuring that your team works well together and maintains a good and healthy level of communication and has good, strong working relationships.

Luckily there are many different digital tools and platforms which can be used to bridge the gap between remote workers and those working in the office.

Group calls, message platforms and collaborative working software all make working much easier and can help colleagues to effectively work together, even if they are not physically together.

It is worth setting up specific channels within your communication platforms where colleagues can discuss various aspects of their job and get support and advice from the right people.

You may decide to have a group channel that is used for general work talk and separate channels for individual teams of workers who work on the same projects, as well as setting up direct messaging links where colleagues can have discussions one on one.

It is also a good idea to schedule weekly meetings or check-ins where colleagues have the chance to raise comments and opinions about current projects all together in a video call, allowing them to discuss their work face to face.

This helps to establish strong communication links and maintain good working relationships by consistently encouraging and facilitating open communication between workers and giving them the space and tools they need to communicate between themselves.

If you are finding that communication is dwindling or colleges have expressed that they feel there is not enough support, you may wish to set expectations for the entire team.

This includes consistent check-ins, perhaps establishing daily meetings or reports, and asking colleagues to give a brief review of work they have completed on a project to ensure everyone is up to date.

These all help to establish consistency in communication and help to ensure that everyone has received the right information, even if they are not as active in work chats and calls as others.

It is also important to foster a healthy and supportive work environment, If colleges feel they are not listened to or are not supported, they may be reluctant to be more openly conversational.

This means you should focus on being mindful of different colleagues’ differences and needs, whether they are personal, social or cultural differences, and ensuring they are fully supported regardless.

People come from different backgrounds and have different communication styles so it is important to take this into consideration and ensure that nobody feels left out or misunderstood.

By fostering a healthy environment, paying close attention to each individual employee’s needs and creating an open, safe environment and giving staff the tools to communicate, you can ensure a positive and open work environment where communication is easy, wherever your staff are.

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