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Creating Remotely 3 Tips for Creative Teams Working With Remote Colleagues Photo by Juhan Sonin. https://ﬂic.kr/p/pjmSyN
Creative Teams Need Remote Workers & Freelancers… 90% of creative teams will hire remote freelancers this year to meet peak demand. Photo by Juhan Sonin. https://ﬂic.kr/p/kWKHGa Source: The Boss Group, 2014 In-house Creative Industry Report. www.creativeindustryreport.com
…And Freelance Creatives Need Remote Work Remote work allows Myers-Briggs introverts to be more successful. These are creatives who cannot work amidst the noise and distraction of a regular ofﬁce. Photo by Markus Spiske. https://ﬂic.kr/p/uerzHy Source: The Boss Group, 2014 In-house Creative Industry Report. www.creativeindustryreport.com
SO How Do You Engage Them? Introverts require silence and space to create. But as human beings, they also need to feel a sense of belonging.
THE SOLUTION Create Meaningful Interactions In and Out of the Office Here are 3 ways:
1 Standardize “In-Office” Days Make sure that the whole team is in the ofﬁce on the same days. Photo by Kim Ahlström. https://ﬂic.kr/p/6aUVL8
1 Standardize “In-Office” Days Hold performance 1-on-1s face-to-face. In-person conversations improve the quality of feedback & coaching. Photo by Steve Bowbrick. https://ﬂic.kr/p/b7JyNr
2 Enable & Require Video for Conference Calls Seeing people’s faces increases connection and empathy. Photo by NEC Corporation of America. https://ﬂic.kr/p/o1upyJ
2 Enable & Require Video for Conference Calls Better attire fosters professionalism. While pajamas are the default work-from-home attire, research shows people behave more professionally and make different decisions when dressed for the day. Photo by Kristoffer Trolle. https://ﬂic.kr/p/oEwtc7 Source: Tulshyan, Rachika. “Is Casual Dress Killing Your Productivity at Work?” Forbes. 11/17/2013. http://www.forbes.com/sites/ruchikatulshyan/2013/10/17/is-casual-dress-killing-your-productivity-at-work/
3 Create Virtual Water Coolers & Hallways Use live messaging and updates in a work management software to mimic congregating in a physical space. Open Coffee Club Pittsburgh. https://ﬂic.kr/p/abep9b
3 Create Virtual Water Coolers & Hallways Keep all work in one platform, so people can see each other’s availability. Use your tool to initiate daily conversations & encourage people to share across wider team bases. Photo by Robert Scoble. https://ﬂic.kr/p/8wWpGN
√ It’s About Human Connection Doing these 3 things will allow you to interact with your remote creatives more meaningfully — which increases their fulﬁllment from work, and makes collaboration more fruitful.
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