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6 tips for working on a remote team

Working remotely is becoming increasingly popular as organizations are finding talented individuals who are unable or unwilling to relocate. Research shows that remote work will equal, or even surpass, office locations by 2025! Many employees at Stryker work from home part-time or full-time and we asked them to share their tips on how they effectively work on a remote team.

Here are 6 tips for working on a remote team

1. Use video

When you are not in an office with your colleagues, you’re missing out on face-to-face interactions, which is an important aspect of team building. Take advantage of video technology, such as Skype or Webex, during your meetings so you feel more included.

2. Use collaboration tools

Collaboration tools are essential for a remote team because they keep everyone organized and on the same page. Using tools such as Asana, Slack, Microsoft Teams, etc. are vital for a successful and efficient team.

3. Stick to a schedule

Make sure everyone on the team knows each other’s schedules, especially if you work on a global team. Schedule regular team meetings; have a shared vacation calendar; block off your calendar if you’re busy; etc.

4. Take time to catch up on your team's personal lives

When you work remotely, it’s easy to jump on a call and get right down to business, but you most likely wouldn’t do that if you were meeting in-person. Make sure you take a few minutes before your calls to catch up on personal things like family, hobbies, vacations, etc.

5. Celebrate successes and holidays

Impromptu celebrations can occur in an office setting, such as celebrating the completion of a big project, or a team members birthday. Don’t leave those celebrations out just because you are a remote team. If it’s someone’s birthday, send them a cake or buy them lunch. If some members of the team are celebrating something in-person, send the remote worker a celebration box in the mail so they can join in too!

6. Meet in person

While remote work is the future, it’s important not to underestimate the power of face-to-face interaction. Depending on where your team members are located, it may be expensive to have everyone travel to a central location, but even if it’s done once a year, it will greatly improve your teams morale and build relationships.

Interested in working remotely at Stryker?

Check out our current job openings and apply today!

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