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Is Working Remote Working for You?

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Updated: Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The rhythm and patterns of communication have evolved during our remote or modified work from home circumstances.  In most cases, and as the weeks progressed, our colleagues picked up a steady rapport in our team and project meetings.  There are challenges in holding a largely populated, virtual meeting. Physical, social cues are no longer obvious through the lens of our laptop connection.  It is with frustration we wait for, or repair, failed network connections or watch our internet stutter. 

One coworker's audio is disjointed, and another is so noncommittal that you worry they are working on a prop up table in a closet. Then, there are heavy pauses in conversation that sometimes tilt the entire remote meeting in a pregnant silence. Radio silence. Dead air. However, fresh relationships appear to deepen over time as new nuisances and feelings of connection grow.  

A few logistics may help outline expectations and limit frustration. An agenda is a critical item to guide team meetings, especially under work from home conditions. It is used to preview meeting requirements, topics and tasks.  Agendas may easily be turned into meeting minutes with an action and/or resolution line item. 

If you need some ideas for improving your work functions, check out our resources on the National  website. Click here to learn more.

What tips and/or tools are you and you firm using to make the new work environment less frustrating and more productive? Share them in the comments below.



Nikki Pierce, CDFA, LEED AP BD+C is the Administrative Manager for Clark Nexsen in Charlotte, NC.

She currently serves on the SDA National Education Services Committee



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Brooke Simcik, CDFA says...
Posted Wednesday, July 29, 2020
We have found that many of our meetings are actually more productive. However, knowing that as an industry we are all in this together has helped with some of the frustration. The one tip that I share often (as a few people where getting frustrated as they were pushed into the world of Zoom and Go To Meeting at warped speed) - if you are leading the call start the meeting 10 minutes early. This allows you time to troubleshoot technical issues.
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Sarah Wallace, FSDA, LEED Green Associate says...
Posted Thursday, July 30, 2020
When we started working remotely, we actually held weekly staff zoom meetings (something i've been encouraging for years)- but now that we are back in the office, we've reverted back to more often than not canceling the meeting because we're "too busy" and it's not advisable to have everyone in the conference room at the same time to video conference in the 1-2 people still working from home. i just joked the other day that i felt more connected with the whole staff when we worked remotely than when we work in the office.
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Anne McNeely, CDFA says...
Posted Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Our office is about 50/50 working in the office and working from home so ALL meetings are held virtually, regardless if in the office or not. Brooke, I like the recommendation of starting 10 minutes early. One of the issues we sometimes contend with is using the Zoom lobby and remembering to let people in, or removing that setting before scheduling a meeting. Another is lagging internet and people freezing mid conversation. "Pregnant pauses" have become an expected normalcy now. We've had to remind attendees to look alert and engaged. We highly recommend the use of a professional image in place of video when it isn't needed. It helps with connectivity..
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