I have entered my
terrible terrific twos of working remotely. Working from yoga pants. Working from couch. Working from over the sink as I eat leftovers. The glamour. The rolling out of bed. The “I’m going to wake up early and walk, lol jk.”
Last year, I talked about lessons learned and this year I’d like to focus on communication. Here’s how I’ve made working miles away from my team feel like inches:
- Avoid sarcasm. Sarcasm pros: I am funny. Sarcasm cons: I’m making a situation unproductive, draining a person’s emotional resources, and potentially adding bricks to a wall that rests between my team and me.
- Always be updating. It’s like the most dangerous game except I’m hunting me. Can I keep my tickets and pull requests updated before someone asks me for an update or asks what the next actions are?
- Know thine words. I started using Grammarly, the saver of butts, to gut and spell check my prose. Grammarly reminds me to avoid it and this aka clear writing foes.
- Use these phrases more: How are you? What are you doing this weekend? Thank you! You are welcome. I’m sorry, I made a mistake. What can I take off your plate? I need help. Great job!