Virtual communication involves using digital tools like email, chats, video calls, and text messages to transmit information between people who do not meet face-to-face. It can be a vital element of collaborative work, especially in the contexts of multi-disciplinary or fully remote teams.

Working remotely can mean that it is easy to overlook important details. There is also a lack of immediate feedback and responses. This can result in confusion and frustration for team members and managers. Non-verbal signals, such as body language and facial expressions are also difficult to understand. It is essential to have clear communication methods for teams working remotely.

The right communication processes and tools can help distinguish between a remote team that is efficient and productive, and one that is distracted and overwhelmed due to too many notifications or a lack of structure. It is also essential to ensure that employees feel safe communicating via the internet with colleagues. This can reduce the possibility of miscommunications or communication issues.

It can require some time and careful consideration to create a strategy for communication for teams working remotely. It is also beneficial to partner with an experienced independent project manager, who can help establish norms for communication and best practices for teams working remotely. Fortunately, there are plenty of professional and experienced independent PMs to choose from on Upwork. Start your search today and find the perfect fit for your team.