Collaboration Tips for Remote Teams

by | Mar 19, 2020 | Collaboration | 0 comments

Staying connected while working apart can be a challenge. You need your organization to continue remotely collaborating, and one way to do that is through robust collaborative tools like Microsoft Teams. Here are a few tips for staying connected and making the most of your virtual workspace.

Host Coffee Breaks

Good work relationships come from trust and collaboration. Microsoft Teams allows you to set up a variety of teams, and one way to stay connected is to create one for non-work chat. While it may sound counterintuitive, giving your team a space to connect on a personal level builds trust and rapport. You may even want to host non-meeting meetings where your team can discuss the challenges of working from home, remote work hacks, and other topics that aren’t strictly business.

Offer Tutorials

If your team isn’t used to using Microsoft Teams, offer a few tutorial sessions. Walk through tools like screen-sharing, file sharing, and how to make the most of the space. Review best practices for video conferences, like muting yourself when you’re not talking.

Set Boundaries

One challenge with remote work is that it’s hard to unplug. You can help by setting boundaries. For example, you might discourage work-related chat after a certain hour and encourage people to take the weekends off. Staying connected is great, but staying connected 24/7 can lead to burn-out. Remind your team that it’s okay to unplug.

Choose a Reliable Platform

Microsoft Teams is a reliable platform that will immediately feel familiar to those companies already using Office 365. For those new to the platform, it’s intuitive and easy to adopt. Microsoft Teams offers seamless file-sharing and screen-sharing, secure video-conferencing, and more. At Peters & Associates, we know how important it is for you to work together while apart. We’re ready to help you implement or better utilize Microsoft Teams to keep you and your organization on the same page. Contact us to learn more about Microsoft Teams