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.
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Pierce, CDFA, LEED AP BD+C is the Administrative Manager for Clark Nexsen in
She currently serves on the SDA National Education Services Committee