Savoir-Vivre for Remote Workers
Holding face to face team meetings, where all the participants get together in the same room, has many benefits, especially for groups that most of the time collaborate remotely. Meeting online never had so many options and tools available; meeting face to face though helps communicate more effectively, build stronger relationships and increase trust among coworkers. Following some guidelines, face-2-face meetings can become successful, reaching not only meeting goals but also help participants feel more comfortable.
Arrive at the meeting destination on time
Face-2-face meetings are important for remote workers; they need a lot of work and planning so the best thing attendants can do is be there on time. Plan much ahead, set a calendar reminder, and preferably do not get caught up in any activity at least a few hours before the meeting. Carefully inspect and lock the closets the night before so that your furry friend does not sneak in and get lost just before leaving home! Work on the route to the meeting location and check for public transport strikes and potential flat tire issues.
Socialize during spare time
Do your homework
Dress for success
If your dress code, while remote working, included mostly pajamas and messy buns you ought to better think about what you are going to wear at the team f-2-f meeting. Follow the team style and level of formality by making sure that your outfit matches the time and place of the meeting. You certainly do not have to wear a suit if the meeting is taking place beside a resort pool and the organizer is giving a talk in shorts and Birkenstock sandals.