How do I unite teams that are in different cities?

People like working with people. But when your team is a bunch of smiling icons on a screen, the close-knit feeling that comes from working together in the same room can quickly evaporate. Try the tips below to help foster that all-important collaborative feeling between your team members, even if they are distributed across the world.

See people face-to-face

Face it: seeing people’s faces during the day matters. Video chat tools can be a great way for your team to get face-time even when they are a world away. From quick chats to longer meetings, it’s key to see your team throughout the day to foster connections.

Don’t schedule meetings at 1am

Planning meetings can get tricky when your team is spread across the world. To eliminate multiple scheduling emails, encourage everyone to share their calendars, or use a survey tool to poll people for their availability.

Express yourself with emojis

Using an internal chat tool is one way for distributed teams to communicate while cutting down on inbox overload. Before instituting these tools, think about how they can contribute to your overall culture. For example, if your team is more laid back, you may want to set up themed channels within your chat tools. People can use them to have a little fun and get to know each other better.

Change your scenery

If you are working from home and sprawling out on the sofa every day gets old, try mixing up your routine. One of the main benefits of working from home is that you can create the workplace that works for you. So check out a co-working space, coffee shop, or great park nearby. You get a change of scenery and a chance to explore your city - a win/win situation.

Write, comment, and chat in the same document

File-sharing tools make it easy for multiple people to work in the same document. That way team members can see in real-time how a project is evolving and what they need to contribute to get the task done.

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