Magazine article Work & Family Life

If You Work in a Remote Location

Magazine article Work & Family Life

If You Work in a Remote Location

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Q I work for a company with a small central office and lots of remote locations. My boss and I see each other rarely. We communicate by email and phone. This often feels too random. I need more connection. Any ideas?

- A.D., Lancaster, PA

A You're part of a growing global work force that operates from many different locations. And too often, when workers communicate mainly by email and phone, their interactions tend to be incomplete and, as you've noticed, random.

Business expert Bruce Tulgan discussed this in a recent blog at www.rainmakerthinking.com. He says the key is to make better use of your telephone and electronic communications. Here's what he suggests:

* SCHEDULE REGULAR ONE-ON-ONE phone meetings daily or weekly, just as if you were in the same place. Honor these appointments. Do not leave voicemails saying, "I couldn't make the call today." Use two-way web-cams for these meeting, if they are available.

*IN ADVANCE OF YOUR ONE-ONONE PHONE MEETINGS, PREPARE! Send your supervisor an email laying out the bullet points of what you've been doing and what you are planning to do next.

* WHEN YOU AND YOUR BOSS hold those virtual meetings, walk through your agenda and your boss's. Then follow through right away with an email that says something like this, for example:

"Based on our talk today, this is what I'm planning to do. …

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