While the manager plays an essential role in leading a remote/hybrid team, individual employees should also be cognizant of the changing dynamics. Here are some suggestions for remote/hybrid employees:

  • Be prepared for meetings and participate. Login to the meeting on time with information prepared for your update. Remove distractions as much as possible. While your fellow dog-loving colleagues may be happy to see your puppy in the background, barking dogs can be deafening in a virtual meeting. Wear headphones if possible. It is easy to disengage during a virtual meeting, so brush up on your listening and communication skills. Take notes and write down questions to be asked later.
  • Be a self-starter. Everyone should be focusing on working somewhat independently. This may mean creating a system of organization that is different than what you would have in your physical office. It also may mean sticking to structures or schedules so you have focused, dedicated time.
  • Pay attention to your stress and emotions. Many people see working from home as a pathway to greater work-life balance, but it can be hard to adapt to the isolation you may feel. You may also feel disconnected from members of your team who are still working in the office. If FOMO (fear of missing out) gets too intense, know when to ask for some face time with your manager or members of the team. If you are feeling overwhelmed, reach out for help.
  • Be flexible and empathetic. As other members of your team make the transition to remote/hybrid work, they may struggle in different ways. Some may need to learn new technologies. Some may not be as self-directed, and some may have accessibility concerns. If technology hiccups happen, be prepared with a backup plan, and be patient as the kinks get worked out.
  • Be prepared for different ways of approaching accountability. This may mean more detailed or different documentation of your work and time than you typically do, given the physical distance between you and your employer. This is an opportunity for you to upskill and expand your capabilities. Log in to LinkedIn Learning using your UMass Lowell email and password to get started.
  • Abide by the expectations set for the team. Whether this is related to work hours, technology tools or communication processes, the expectations that were set collaboratively with your team and there to ensure that the remote work environment is productive for everyone. Discuss with your manager individually if you are having trouble following a specific expectation.
  • Create a professional home work space. Keep in mind that you will likely be logging/calling into meetings or may be having video chats often. Set your workspace apart from other activities and clear as much clutter as possible. This doesn’t require setting up a home office, but an open wall behind you and a table to set your computer on during meetings will help create a sense of professionalism. Pay attention to professional standards of appearance as necessary for your work obligations [i.e. don’t arrive for the video call in your pajamas :) ].

Skills of Effective Remote/Hybrid Team Members

  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to think locally and globally
  • Listening skills
  • Initiative and self-management
  • Enthusiasm
  • Consensus building skills
  • Collaborative skills
  • Patience and empathy
  • Nonjudgmental attitude
  • Cultural harmony

Additional resources for employees

Self-Guided Learning Resources: Working Remote/Hybrid

Whether you’re new to remote/hybrid work and looking for tips on how to be productive in your new home office, or you’re leading a team and looking for ways to keep your employees connected, LinkedIn Learning can help you on your path to becoming more effective regardless of where you are.

This is an opportunity for all of us to upskill and expand our capabilities. We encourage you to take advantage of these video resources to learn new skills and be more productive.

Maximize Efficiency and Productivity of Remote Work

  1. Working Remotely – 1 hour
  2. Time Management: Working From Home – 1 hour 25 minutes
  3. Productivity Tips: Finding Your Productive Mindset – 59 minutes
  4. Executive Presence on Video Conference Calls – 34 minutes

Manage and Adjust to Your Remote Work Environment

  1. Thriving @ Work: the Connection between Well-being and Productivity – 41 minutes
  2. Managing Stress for Positive Change – 57 minutes
  3. Building Resilience – 34 minutes
  4. Developing Resourcefulness – 18 minutes

Remotely Manage and Lead Teams

  1. Leading at a Distance – 36 minutes
  2. Managing Virtual Teams – 56 minutes
  3. Leading Virtual Meetings – 32 minutes

Get to Know Your Remote Work Productivity Tools

  1. Learning Zoom – 45 minutes
  2. Microsoft Teams Tips & Tricks – 1 hour 1 minutes