Virtual World

Working Together When You’re Apart

The office of the future may not be an office at all. Twenty to thirty million people currently work from home at least one day a week. There’s telecommuting, flex schedules, out-of-town clients, and global accounts! This new culture depends on conference calls, webinars, and e-mail – a big change from the traditional agency culture rooted in regular face-to-face team meetings, in-person presentations, and water cooler rendezvous. Whether it is an AE frustrated at the inability to read the nonverbal cues of a client, or a Creative Director worried about employees sitting at home eating bon bon’s and doing laundry when they should be polishing a creative brief – the trend of working remotely presents challenges for everyone.

This program uncovers a new set of best practices for navigating the virtual workforce including tips for solidifying a foundation of trust, giving and receiving feedback remotely, and keeping energy and morale up. By setting clear goals, providing direction, and outlining a communication plan, every employee has clarity to be more productive and connected within the agency and client – even from a distance.

Participants leave this workshop with the ability to: 

  • Set clear expectations when it comes to logistics like working hours, lunch, meetings, and more
  • Create a “Team Operating Agreement” to lay a foundation of trust and cohesiveness
  • Avoid common virtual communication problems that decrease productivity
  • Trust colleagues by resisting the urge to micromanage project work
  • Implement fun ideas to promote teamwork, build relationships, and readily share information
  • Keep individuals engaged through recognition and informal and day-to-day feedback
  • Read between the words and keep clients engaged during remote presentations

This enlightening program takes the guesswork out of navigating the virtual workplace to be connected and successful from a distance.

Length:

Partial-day Workshop

Size:

8-24 Participants

Audience:

All Professionals

Categories:

Team Performance

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