While we are spending more time at home than usual, many of us may feel isolated and disconnected from our coworkers. This disconnection can strain communication and create confusion. The project management team also offers great advice to nurture team connections and maintain deadlines:

  • Develop strategies for staying connected by using Teams, group text or a quick daily stand up with a conference call.
  • Make frequent check-ins with project teams and owners to show your work and how you are continuing to help them.
  • Remind yourself that not all projects are a priority right now.
  • Try to keep meetings on schedule or provide email updates if meetings must be cancelled.
  • Encourage participation during remote meetings.
  • Since you cannot walk down the hall to discuss a project with someone, it is good to plan ahead.
  • Check on everyone’s critical needs; they are probably struggling, too.
  • Watch out for technology challenges and have a backup plan.

Overcommunication is key when working remote. With on-site meetings, we can read faces and respond to visual cues. Emails, chat rooms and conference calls don’t offer the same opportunities. Provide the detail and create more clarity.

Regularly update team members, too.

“Make sure everyone is well informed,” Lynn said. “Whether it is through email, conference calls or chats — if the team is aware of your progress and delays, the workday becomes more manageable.”

With some mindful preparation between work routines, home life, self-care and more communication, the chaos that starts out as trying to work can transition to working from home within a couple of weeks.

Some routines may carry over to the office when you return.