An emerging predicament in remote working is maintaining personal office relations. It’s easy to feel disconnected and alienated from your colleagues through no fault of anyone. Talking exclusively through a screen with only one voice at a time in a video conference can become othering after a while.
So it might be a good idea to try talking to your colleagues separate from your work. This doesn’t have to be after hours or extensive in any way, but perhaps when working on an assignment together, you can take a break to catch-up on how they’ve been. Hosting virtual office drinks on a Friday when you would normally finish is another fun way to inject a bit of the social side back into working.
Moving from the social aspect to the professional, being heard in video conferencing meetings isn’t always straightforward. It can feel oddly exposing and it’s a lot easier to be conscious of how long you’ve been speaking for than it might normally, say if you were with someone in person you might be spurred on by their body language as affirmation, but this doesn’t translate remotely.
For this problem, it’s important to realise that everyone’s in the same position, so there isn’t any need to feel self conscious about speaking up. Make sure your voice and input is heard, collaboration is invariably invaluable.
Part of this comes down to checking in with your colleagues. Correspond with them readily, updating them on your projects and progress, it will make your remote meetings feel less uncertain and maintain connectivity.