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21st Century Work Life and leading remote teams

Brought to you by Virtual not Distant, the 21st Century Work Life podcast looks at leading remote teams, online collaboration and working in distributed organisations.

Join Pilar Orti, guests & co-hosts as they shine the spotlight on the most relevant themes and news relevant to the modern knowledge worker.

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Nov 30, 2017

In this episode, Pilar talks about the fears that arise around the use/overuse of technology when we introduce a remote setup.


In this episode, Pilar talks about the fears that arise around the use/overuse of technology when we introduce a remote setup. In the second part of the episode, she talks about the new open course run by Virtual not Distant.

Check out this new, two-week course (though you’ll only need to commit about 30-60 minutes a day) on leadership in remote teams. With voucher code.

This episode will be of use to team members, managers and those responsible for supporting the shift to remote work / agile working in organisations.

What are the fears of tech overload?

- That all our interactions will be online and we will lose our human connection.
- That we won’t be able to switch off.
- That learning to use new platforms will be stressful and take up too much time.

Human connection and overload

Move away from email onto platforms/tools. (We’ll talk about tool overload later.)

Different people have different relationships with email. The problem is that our inbox tends to mix our team communication with our organisational/external communication.

We haven’t trained ourselves in using it and we haven’t agreed how to use it.

Most emails don’t have a personal picture, but collaboration platforms do. Sense of connection.

Tool overload

Agree on what will be used for what.

What is “urgent”? (Saturday email from Santi.)
As you get to it, send messages to say things have been updated.
Adjust your notifications.
It’s your responsibility to check.
Hypercommunication until you get into a rhythm.
False sense of security with Office 365. (Still lots of choices and updates.)

Make yourself comfortable / Create comfort for those in the office to work remotely with others

Practical aspects:
Devices, wireless, adjustable desks, screen behind you (separate home)
I use a Kindle to read, dictate emails into phone and use pen and paper!

In office, create a space for meetings and necessary equipment – simple equipment!

Work Life Balance Fusion Interference (episode 120 with Lisette)


Our Open Course

12 – 23 February 2018

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Lots of questions for you, make the material your own
Become a tech DJ, navigate through tech.

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