How to Prevent Remote Teams from Working in Silos

Build Cross-Functional Teams

  • Schedule a brainstorming session with the department(s) you work best with and those you don’t work as well with.
  • Assemble a joint task force between different department heads.
  • Document the ways in which collaboration goes well with each department and get a clear view of each team’s exact collaborative needs.
  • Have departments that work well together host a workshop to help build remote team relationships in real-time.

Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

  • Designate a facilitator. Having one person facilitate the meeting guides the conversation and allows the other participants to focus on the content being discussed.
  • Create an agenda. Set and communicate the objectives of your meeting. Share any necessary resources with your audience beforehand.
  • Make sure you can see everyone’s face. Facial expressions and body language are key to gauging the pulse of your audience.
  • Encourage participation. Call on people to answer questions and share their thoughts.
  • Provide an audio dial-in option. Effective video conferencing requires a strong internet connection. Providing an audio dial-in option is important in the case individuals do not have a reliable connection.

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