Times are changing and as we embrace a new norm of working remotely, communication and solid work practices have become more important than ever. Here are a few tips to help you navigate working in a new fashion.
In any job keeping in contact with those within your organization is vital to success. Before it’s time to join a conference call, make sure these items are on your checklist:
- Test equipment first to make sure everything is working correctly.
- Know the software program that you are using and the features it provides.
- Grab those headphones and use them to provide a good audio experience so you don’t miss any key elements of the conversation.
- Mute yourself if you are not the individual talking. This helps ensure that others in the meeting can hear the conversation at hand without any additional background noise or distractions.
- Turn your video off if it is not needed for the meeting. This also lessens distractions for other meeting participants if you are not going to be engaged in the meeting.
- Alert others in your household that you will be video conferencing to avoid unplanned appearances.
Internet Connectivity Tips:
- Make sure you have enough Internet bandwidth to complete essential tasks. Experts recommend a minimum of 40 Mbps if you will be participating in video conferences or transferring large files.
- Connect to Wi-Fi to ensure a better remote experience.
- Make sure that your Wi-Fi password is strong. This will protect important information and prohibit neighbors from tapping into your bandwidth.
- If you have areas of your home that your router strength is not efficient, consider booster equipment like Nex-Tech Premium Wi-Fi.
- Know what you need. If you know the ways in which communication within your organization will happen, you can prepare yourself to gather all the tools necessary.
- Be respectful of others time. A number of remote workers are also having to manage school aged children that are now at home as well. This may mean that work is being done outside of normal business hours. Be respectful of other team members who might have a different schedule than you. Best practice is to expect to communicate within the normal business hours that your organization holds.
- Limit your amount of contact. If you have attempted to reach out to other team members, allow them time to get back to you. Sending an email followed by an instant message can provide a great distraction when others are working to get items done in a timely manner.
- Establish rules of communication. Encourage your organization to set rules of communication if they haven’t already done so. Since a number of the items being discussed and completed may be vital, private information you want to make sure you protect yourself and your organization.
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