When you're remote, plan ahead!

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Do you have a coworker who’s in a different office or location?

When you work virtually with someone on a regular basis, it can be helpful to talk about how you’ll work together. Plan out how you will communicate.

  • You might decide to email for simple matters but get on Skype when something complex requires you to share screens.

  • Discuss what times of day are better to call or text, and whether there are particular days of the week you should avoid.

  • If you collaborate on documents, establish a process to ensure you don’t inadvertently delete updates or create conflicting versions.

    • Consider using Dropbox, Google Docs, or another service that monitors revisions.

Establishing these kinds of ground rules early on demonstrates respect for each other’s time and helps avoid the frustration that can come from mismatched expectations. You got this!