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A psychologically safe work culture or space is one where everyone can speak up without the risk of punishment or humiliation. As it suggests, it is cultivating a 'safe atmosphere' for everyone on your team to be vulnerable and open about ideas, opinions, and feelings without second-guessing whether they should communicate them.
Leaders of remote teams should be responsible for exemplifying a psychologically safe workspace through simple ways such as: being emphatic, being a kind leader, and not just a 'boss' and inviting questions no matter how simple it is to be asked, to name a few.
When a culture like this is established, employees feel safe to share unorthodox ideas and solutions and are more willing to take risks that could benefit everyone on their team.
In addition, strong bonds of trust are established among members of your team when everyone practices being open, honest, and understanding. This way, they can lend a helping hand without thinking and support each other better.
Unbelievably, your space dramatically affects the level of work you produce. You may fail to get much done if it is cluttered with distractions. But if you intentionally curate your space in such a way to help you stay focused on your tasks at hand, then expect noteworthy results.
If you are working directly from home, be intentional in separating your workspaces from family spaces. Avoid doing things like working from your bed and do so from a mock office setup such as a desk and chair.
Communicate with family members you share space with about rules for when it is ok to talk to you or request your presence for whatever reasons. Let them know your work schedule so they will not unnecessarily distract you.
"When I started working remotely, I was an independent consultant and did not have a team yet. Back then, staying awake during my day was a huge challenge. I had no team to interact with, so it was just me. No personal boundaries or work schedules were established, so I just produced any quantity of work. Whenever I felt bored, I would sleep.
I soon realized I was not very productive and worked on tasks randomly. So, I tried multiple strategies for writing down tasks and reminders. After a while, I realized nothing was wrong with taking a nap during the day as long as I had a clear work schedule.
So, there was a need to have something to help me plan my day, and later, when I acquired a team, the same was necessary for them, too, in addition to being able to see what everyone was doing in one place and help them be productive as well. This was the impetus for creating Vineforce; to be able to plan and manage my day.”
Use these essential core tips as a compass to get you smooth sailing on your journey of remote work. When communication is one of the top priorities on your team, setting clear goals and having a safe culture will automatically follow, as communication is the backbone of these.
While setting up boundaries to guard your workspaces against overlapping with personal life helps, it goes hand in hand with knowing when to unplug from work to safeguard care for self.