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Let’s Talk About Remote Meeting Culture

Andrew Nelson
November 25, 2020

Welcome to the first entry in Remote Velocity’s Remote Meeting Culture series! Over the next several weeks, we will explore how companies can develop their Remote Meeting Culture to achieve success.

In today’s entry: Remote Meeting Culture. The cornerstone to build your organization’s Remote-Work success.

“The Times They Are A-Changin’”

In a past discussion with a CTO, they boldly told me that their organization does not hold meetings. “Meetings are a waste of time, and management discourages them.” That approach may have come back to bite them ‘you-know-where’ with the recent and dramatic workplace changes. It does not address the realities of a Remote Working Environment. Organizations that do not nurture a healthy Meeting Culture:

  • Suffer from poor communication patterns.
  • Hastily call meetings that are poorly executed.
  • Miss deadlines.
  • Experience inconsistent team performance.
  • Are losing client confidence.

Many organizations are now realizing some hard truths. Distributed working environments are intense. They are relentless. They reveal weaknesses. Some teams are suffering without in-person office space (their safety blanket). Poor communication patterns are the most common weakness plaguing remote teams. Without proper support, no office means:

  • Meetings are haphazard and disorganized.
  • The culture and communication of the organization suffers.
  • Team performance takes a negative hit.

A significant contributor to these negative outcomes is low, Remote Meeting Quality. This erodes organizational culture and contributes to negative team performance. There is good news! Improving Remote Meeting Culture is straightforward. There are resources to help committed leaders and teams make the shift.

Today, more and more organizations realize the benefits of the Remote-First workplace. These environments promote:

  • A variety of learning styles.
  • Open collaboration.
  • Detailed planning.
  • Asynchronous communications.

Together these skills are the keys to building high-performance distributed organizations. 

Effective Remote Meetings are a critical cornerstone of the Remote-First workplace. They streamline communication, ownership, and accountability with best practices that improve company performance. Think of top-performing companies like Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Atlassian. They have built their success on high-performance Remote Teams!

Taking Advantage of the New Landscape with Communications that Work for your Organization

The tried and true methods of the successful Remote-First workplaces are no secret! Adopt a suite of Best Practices that encourage communication. Use tools that support and encourage communication among team members. Use meetings to communicate ideas and issues only when needed.

How has your team adapted to a distributed work environment? How well is communication maintained among your groups? What are some hurdles and solutions that you have encountered?

If you want to find out more how to assess your organization’s remote situation, visit remotevelocity.com

Coming up in the next part of our Remote Meeting Best Practices Series: 

Defensible Meetings, A Balanced Meeting to Work Time Ratio, and Daily Check-Ins. The three pillars of Remote Meeting Culture.

 

Stay Tuned!


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