This brings us to the importance of retraining team members in how to communicate with a remote team and each other.
In remote and distributed teams, people develop unique schedules, especially when we are in a situation like the pandemic we are experiencing currently.
Right now, people are juggling several things at once; other family members also working from home, children who need homeschooling, loved ones who require care and comfort. Colleagues must be empathetic to each other.
At the same time, setting expectations and deadlines can ensure that productivity is unhampered. As a team leader or a manager, you need to consider the challenges employees may face at home.
Have an open dialogue. It can go a long way in alleviating stress and creating manageable project timelines.
Create communication processes to save critical time and up productivity. Use specific communication channels for particular communication types; for example, a video conferencing tool for alignment meetings or daily standups, Trello or Jira for project management, email for notes, and Slack for critical communication or quick check-ins.