Remote business meetings have become more common as workplaces are becoming more flexible. The freedom to work from anywhere in the world is a great way to attract a wider variety of people.
There are a few issues that can lead to disengagement and anger which can lead to a lack of productivity. Meetings can be long because of scheduling issues and time zone differences, or technical issues. It is often difficult for employees to focus on their work after a lengthy meeting.
It is essential to use the right tools and etiquette to ensure your remote meeting goes smoothly. This includes using video to see everyone present, adhering to the rules of a meeting, such as being punctual, not answering emails during a remote meeting and avoid distractions like texting or multi-tasking. It’s important to send a summary message to participants so that they can keep track of the items in the agenda and follow-up actions.
It’s also important to build rapport with remote employees and make sure that they feel valued. You can do this by beginning every remote meeting by having a conversation that is friendly and casual like asking employees about what they’re doing and about their personal lives. This is especially helpful for those who are just starting out or who are feeling a sense of loneliness and isolation while working remote.