Golden Tips to Make Your Remote One on One a Success

Remote working is now becoming a common occurrence for many businesses and companies. It improves the productivity rate of its people and offers a good work-life balance for employees.

However, there are some setbacks to remote working that needs to be overcome and one of them is the team relationship between those in the office and those working remotely.

If you want to solve this issue and make your remote one on ones a success, here are some tips you can try out:

Prepare in advance

If you want your one on one sessions a success with your remote workers, you definitely need to prepare first. Know what your goals are, what the team needs to complete the task and what other important issues need to be tackled.

Read More: How to Have a Productive One-on-One with Your Team Members

Agree on a set schedule

If you have a variety of remote workers in your employ, it is important that you agree on a suitable time to talk without disruptions. Make sure to time it in their free time where they don’t have to look after their children or do other chores.

Always have video

Even if your team isn’t with you in the office, you can always build a rapport with them through video calls. Video calls help you and your team humanize each other and not just think you are talking to a person who doesn’t care about your feelings. Using video calls also removes miscommunications because you can see the face of those you are talking to and sort out the misunderstandings immediately.

Know what the meeting is about

Meetings can vary when it comes to the subject matter and purpose you have for these meetings. However, when you do have these meetings, always have your goals in mind and follow your objectives throughout the meeting.

If the meeting will be about feedback, for example, you must be able to provide positive and negative feedback in such a way no one will misunderstand it. You can also use the time to get feedback from your workers.

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Be active in the discussions as much as possible

In a remote team, there are a lot of things that can be left unsaid if you are unable to talk to one another regularly. If you are the team leader, it is important that you always have a door for your workers to reach out to you so they can discuss issues they can’t say in your group chats and so on.

You must also make it an effort to build a relationship with them by being active in the discussions, even if its not work-related.

Always do a summary after each one on one

A successful one on one must make sure that everyone is in agreement with what has been discussed and there are no misinterpretations that can affect your progress. Always make some time to discuss the outcome of the meeting and see if everyone understood the discussion.

Have some face time throughout the year

If it is feasible, have your team mates gather physically at the office at least once a year. This will allow your team to feel inclusive and create time and space for crucial bonding which can elevate employee satisfaction and productivity.

Read More: Extrinsic & Intrinsic Motivation In Your Workplace

Conclusion

Remote working is not for everyone, but it doesn’t mean that people who can’t manage it give up on it. With the tips I listed above, you can definitely improve everyone’s working experience and make it a success.

Trying to make remote working work for you? Try out these tips:
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18 Comments Add yours

  1. Rainey says:

    And don’t forget to put the playful kitty cat in the other room before the video conference call..

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Kally says:

      3 cats! I need to chase 3 cats out of the room!

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Rainey says:

        That’s so funny! Herding cats is a challenge 😹

        Liked by 2 people

        1. Kally says:

          OMG! Now you’ve put an image in my mind.

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      2. Funny the two of you discussing cats.

        In our most recent video team meeting, a colleague was making a point when her cat suddenly walked across the keyboard and in front of the screen. You know cats – they can be so light on their paws when the want to be. Point is, the coworker didn’t even hear the cat approaching.

        Seems cats get pretty jealous when you pay attention to something besides them!

        Oh, in the broader sense, informative article, Kally. Well-researched and presented, as usual.

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        1. Kally says:

          Haha. I have one cat at each side of my keyboard now and both refused to be the first one to leave. Its a stare down across the keyboard.

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  2. Aushi says:

    Great post dear.. It was much needed 🍃❤️🌼❤️🍃
    The words you used were simple, smooth, and more clear to understand, in short, wonderful writeup👍
    Stay safe, healthy and happy 🍃🌼🍃

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much, Aushi! Stay safe and smiling.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Great post Kally! It takes discipline and dedcation!!!! It’s not easy for everyone with all of the distractions but the benefits are huge! ❤️ Cindy

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much, Cindy! I’m trying to catch up with all the comments. Lol!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. You’re welcome.. I can imagaine!! Good luck! ❤️

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  4. _pratyasha_ says:

    Loved this write-up ❤

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much!

      Like

  5. It is amazing what a difference seeing a face makes over just a voice or an email. I try to remember that when I feel nervous about being on camera. 😊

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    1. Kally says:

      If you get nervous, try not to stare at yourself. Try staring at something that is behind your laptop.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Shelly DS says:

    I hate video calls these days because we have at least one a day and I have to brush my hair. I know it sounds silly, but working from home should be fun and comfortable…

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    1. Kally says:

      And in pyjamas and fluffy unicorn slippers!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Shelly DS says:

        Exactly! Also, I’ve just nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award 😉

        Like

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