With the advent of smarter technology, many companies have turned to telecommuting as a more efficient way to run their businesses. You might now have co-workers that are located across the country or even across the world. This is a great way to cut costs and serve a larger customer base, but can sometimes negatively impact interpersonal relationships between co-workers.
Gina Trapani, author of “Upgrade Your Life” and “The Complete Guide to Google Wave,” tackled this very topic recently on a video blog for FastCompany.com. She believes there are two challenges to telecommuting: maintaining a presence in the workplace and building personal connections with your co-workers.
She offered up a few suggestions to help remind people that you’re still there and that you’re still interested in a professional relationship with them. Instant messenger or even Skype can be a great way to stay in touch — any opportunity to talk to your co-workers over the phone also is a great way to encourage them to be frank and open with you about the topic at hand.
Trapani also recommends creating as many personal interactions as you can. Ask your co-worker how her weekend was and maybe ask another how that big project is coming along.
Trapani also chats with Michael Dziak of e-work.com, who has a few tips of his own to help keep you top of mind for your non-telecommuting co-workers. Check out the short video: