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How to Communicate with your Coworkers When Working From Home
As offices begin to close because of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, companies are working remotely for the time being. One of the biggest challenges to overcome when an entire office when working from home is the ability to stay in contact with one another. Within a company, communication is crucial. Here are some of the best ways to stay in touch with your coworkers and employees when working from home.
Zoom – As one of the most popular video and audio conference platforms, Zoom has been an influential tool for companies and universities to use to conduct classes and stay in touch. This downloadable platform is especially useful because it gives the option to video chat face-to-face or to speak only with audio. Zoom is one of the best ways to stay in touch with many people at one time. There are other applications out there that are similar, but Zoom has been the most influential while everyone is contained inside of their home.
Slack – Rather than talking face-to-face, Slack is an app that can be downloaded on both computers and laptops, along with an online version, that allows companies to stay in touch internally. Slack offers the option to chat with an entire team or message directly, which is useful to stay in touch with as many or as little people as you’d like. This platform is popular in many companies already, but for those that have yet to set it up, it would be beneficial in this situation.
Conference Calls – When working from home, it can be hard to catch up with everyone at the same time. Setting up conference calls at times throughout the week will allow for the leaders in an organization to set internal goals for employers, along with staying in touch by maintaining an out-of-office schedule.
Maintain Office Chatting – Working from home can be mundane and seem boring without the internal chat within the office. Communicating with one another on a personal level is key to sustaining strong relationships without physically being in the office. Creating a text group chat, or a GroupMe group chat, will set the tone of a casual conversation and give employees the ability to maintain relationships within the office.