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Who’s Responsible for Connection in Remote Teams?

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Who’s Responsible for Connection in Remote Teams?

21st Century Work Life podcast

Virtual not Distant,

5 min read
3 take-aways
Audio & text

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Establishing connection in your team boosts productivity, but having remote workers makes it challenging.

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Creating smoothly functioning teams is at the heart of management, but it can be challenging when some teammates work remotely. Managers must be aware that remote workers can suffer isolation and possible discrimination. Virtual Not Distant, a coaching firm, teamed up with Shield GEO to discuss this issue in a podcast hosted by Bree Caggiati. She speaks with remote-work experts and leaders about the employer’s role in connecting remote workers to their firm. The podcast shows how managers can help employees navigate the pitfalls of remote work. As businesses increasingly depend on home-based employees, conversations between employers and employees take on greater relevance and urgency.


Many companies employ remote workers, but have yet to craft “remote-friendly” cultures.

Remote workers often miss out on the professional development benefits that their organizations offer, and their careers can stagnate in comparison to in-office workers. No one counsels remote workers about personal development, healthy work habits or retirement planning.

Managers need to learn what they can do to help their remote workers feel connected to the workplace and to avoid discrimination and informational and social isolation. Managers can’t interfere with their remote workers’ lives. However, if a boss doesn’t ask a remote worker for his or her input during a meeting, for example, that is a manifestation of a connection problem management can fix.

Your remote employees must take responsibility for their work habits. However, during the COVID-19 outbreak, they may have been compelled to launch into working at home unexpectedly without the necessary preliminary conversations with their employer about the potential...

About the Podcast

Shield GEO connects companies and remote workers. Virtual Not Distant coaches companies on the best practices for managing remote teams.

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