How to Have a Meaningful Meeting Mindset When Working Remotely

September 27, 2021

Before the pandemic, our calendars were already overloaded with meetings. The COVID hit, and our in-person and virtual meeting became ALL virtual. Staying connected is an admirable intention, but our mania for meetings has had a negative impact: an increase in virtual fatigue and a decrease in productivity. It’s time to stop the madness and…

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What Will Associations Look Like Post-Pandemic?

September 23, 2021

What will associations look like post-pandemic?  That’s the heart of what we asked hundreds of senior association leaders in the State of Association Workplaces Post-Pandemic Survey. The answers provide Association leaders the unprecedented opportunity to learn from their forced work from home (WFH) experiment. They can now intentionally carve out a future workforce structure that…

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How Extroverts Can Find Success Working Remotely

September 8, 2021

How much do you resonate with the concerns of this person?   “I’m scared we’ll remain a remote-only workplace. I feel so depressed and disconnected working from home. I’m an extrovert. I really enjoyed coming into work.”  Fear not, extroverts (and social introverts). Our advice will help you feel connected and fulfilled while working remotely, so you can avoid over-sharing with grocery clerks and other random strangers.   Extroverts’ Remote Work Struggles and Advantages People sometimes mistakenly believe…

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Modern Manners: Virtual Meeting Etiquette

August 25, 2021

Last year we started the “etiquette” conversation by addressing Communication Etiquette in a Distributed Workforce. That article highlighted why it is vital to establish a communication etiquette that is accessible and universally applied across your organization. One of the primary methods teams use to communicate is through “meetings.” Since meetings are the lifeblood of remote…

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Minimizing Communication Tool Overload

July 28, 2021

Remember when you only needed your phone, email, and sparkling personality to communicate at work? Then, one day, a colleague introduced a new tool that promised to free up your inbox and improve collaboration—and it did. Then another tool came along to solve a different problem, and then another, and another. Now, as notification after…

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How to Make Work Friends When You Work Remotely

June 9, 2021

Working from home certainly has its advantages. But if you’re the new guy or gal on staff, a remote workplace might seem challenging at first. You can’t rely on the convenience of casual office interactions to help you develop relationships with co-workers. We have advice on making remote work friends when chatting in the kitchen…

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5 Competencies to Seek When Hiring for Remote Work

May 24, 2021

It’s time to retire the phrase “soft skills.” So-called “soft” skills are essential for all professionals, especially those who work remotely. Remote employees can’t succeed without these competencies. In a remote work environment, miscommunication easily arises when someone lacks the skills to understand the tone of a message or ask for necessary clarification. Someone with underdeveloped teamwork…

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7 Must-Have Technologies for a Remote Workplace

May 7, 2021

Organizations often ask us what they need to set up a productive remote workplace. That’s a big question without an easy answer. But regardless of your organization’s complexities, the important thing is to use cloud-based technologies. We have compiled the seven most essential technology categories every organization should have to operate remotely successfully. #1: Video…

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Set Healthier Work-Life Boundaries with Shutdown Rituals

April 22, 2021

Many of us are over-achievers, but there can be a downside to all that striving. We have a tough time maintaining boundaries between our professional and personal lives. Work seeps into our off-hours, and working from home is further blurring these already fuzzy boundaries. An Atlassian survey provides proof of this blurring: remote professionals work longer hours,…

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Why You Need Remote Workforce Onboarding

March 31, 2021

What was your onboarding process when you started your current job? Was it comprehensive? Did anyone welcome you? Did you get an employee handbook? Or were you thrown into the deep end without a paddle? Considering Gallup reports that only 12 percent of employees feel their organizations do onboarding well, the odds are strong that you…

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