How to Connect and Build Rapport to your Colleagues Remotely

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In this time of new normal, employees are working remotely. Working from home is challenging since everyone needs to build a rapport with their colleagues remotely. Building a rapport is a way to build a connection. It also means building a relationship with colleagues. This rapport is somewhat deep that it can be considered a relationship that stretches beyond work and something you can carry if you leave for a greener pasture and move on. Building a connection can make you more productive, happier, reduce problems, and build communication.

Here are a few tips on how to connect and build rapport with your colleagues

Tip1: Workers need to build trust with colleagues by creating a positive atmosphere and intent. Positive intent and atmosphere are possible if colleagues avoid miscommunication in team meetings. Do not assume that your colleagues dislike your ideas. It is a form of miscommunication that is possible if you are not listening well and you are also talking when someone is discussing his thoughts. If possible, avoid interrupting the team member while he is still explaining. Let him finish to stress his thoughts and ideas. Avoid also negative conclusions. Negative conclusions can be irritating to colleagues and will not help build a rapport.

Tip 2: Workers need to encourage positive shared space.  This will allow workers to have a more relaxed environment. Some applications encourage shared space. It will also enhance colleagues to share their interests, goals, and career path. An example of the application software is Gather. This app encourages sharing space between workers by having a virtual office, meeting space, lobby, etc. By using this application, employees will somewhat feel that they are really in an office environment. Another example is to create a space where they can express their feelings such as wishing a colleague a happy birthday, congratulating a team member for a job well done, and many more. Connect a deeper level by learning their goals and dreams. This will help create a relationship environment.

Tip 3: Use Video calls when talking in real-time.  Video call is necessary so that so you can see the signs and gestures of your colleagues. Check your appearance, speak in an audible voice. Check the mic volume so that it is pleasing the ears. There are basics of good communication; remember it. Show your communication skill but never boast. Minimize mannerisms that could tell a negative impact on the listener.

Tip 4: Use GIFs and Emojis. This extends clarity on thoughts expressed. It will also build rapport through laughter by using emojis and GIFS. If you have a hard time telling jokes, the emoticons and GIFs might help. Maximize the use of it.

Tip 5: You can add/create a Digital Watercooler. A virtual watercooler is an online, digital solution to the “watercooler conversation”. The watercooler conversation is what happens in a usual physical space where there are water coolers, coffee makers, refrigerators; where there is a way that colleagues can get water.  An example application for this is still Gather. It is a day-to-day activity where team members can discuss topics that are work-related or personal.

Your age, gender, and situation will never matter. There are always ways to build rapport with colleagues. It is a skill that remote workers must try to master to stand firm in the challenges of working remotely. Whatever working situation you are up to, your rapport with your colleagues is a high priority. It is will help your position in the company to achieve your goals and career path. So, build it!

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