It's no secret that remote and distributed work is on the rise
, and this trend will continue post the pandemic. Asynchronous communication helps remote teams manage time effectively and focus on the most important tasks. Here are some benefits of asynchronous communication:
Flexibility to work on your own terms
Are you an early riser or do you work until late at night?
While some may hate 9 AM meetings, others find an early start very conducive to the day. Everyone has different body clocks and it is important to enable an environment that respects these personal differences and encourages every team member to do their best work.
Asynchronous communication makes this possible. Slack
has already taken a great step in this direction, however with all the conversations going on across multiple channels, it is difficult to keep track of work. This is where check-ins become extremely useful.
Check-ins are a new way to do status updates
that improve collaboration and make work more fun. Check-ins include helpful labels like "Top of Mind", "Blocked" and "Give Feedback" and tags corresponding to weekly goals and objectives that let your teammates know your status.
You are judged based on work, not the time you spend in office
With asynchronous communication actual work is judged not just presence, which is good for everyone. More productive work gets done and people are judged based on what they produce, rather than how much time they spend working after hours.
However, with asynchronous communication, productivity might be confused with exchanging a lot of messages (via Slack
or Microsoft Teams
). This is not productive and conducive for company culture. Here's where check-ins come in. Check-ins are a lightweight way to show what you're working on.
That being said, asynchronous communication does have some drawbacks, especially that it can be hard to keep track of work with asynchronous communication. However, check-ins solve this problem. With check-ins, you can link what you're working on to weekly goals and projects which makes it very easy to keep track of work.To conclude, asynchronous communication can be key to increasing happiness and fulfilment at work as it gives employees more flexibility and visibility. Use Neo check-ins to have asynchronous communication that is built for remote teams.