Let me walk through the fields of paper touching with my wand dry stems and stunted butterflies…. ~Denise Levertov, “A Walk through the Notebooks”
Words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes. ~Theodore Dreiser, 1900
If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad. ~Lord Byron
This– is a struggle against silence. ~Carlos Fuentes
The maker of a sentence launches out into the infinite
and builds a road into Chaos and old Night,
and is followed by those who hear him
with something of wild,
creative delight. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Pen names are masks that allow us to unmask ourselves. ~C. Astrid Weber
Communications and technology are quick to evolve, and as a result, more people are finding themselves working online. Interaction between people has eventually changed to computer-to-computer communication. So a crucial part in giving and getting high quality work can start with a pleasant relationship with people one is working with.
In this world of pc-to-pc communication, maintaining a good relationship in the virtual workplace cannot be underrated. Why? What was considered good behavior several years ago, is still considered good behavior today. Values are still values, and they will remain that way. Read on…
Remember your simple courtesies such as “Thank you”. You are interacting with humans, albeit in the virtual setting. Because of this, you need to cultivate a relationship with them. Just when you think that courtesies are not useful anymore, you can be mistaken with that notion. Appreciation and gratitude can never become obsolete. As human beings, we still value kindliness and politeness in the workplace. Rude behavior, will not, in any situation, be an acceptable conduct when working together.
Be reachable. You can get and receive updates through IM, email or any form of communications that you are comfortable with. You may also want to choose the phone over these methods. As long as the team can benefit, select a preferred line of communication to facilitate easy receipt of messages from both your ends.
Your office hours should be a settled thing. It would also be good if you set fixed working hours for the sake of communication. When the other end knows what time to reach you, it will be easy for your client, boss or colleagues to contact you.
Provide status report for your work. It will become easier for others to track where you are progressing in the work that you have been assigned. People still work in teams in the online office. So give your team an idea how far you have gone with the tasks given to accomplish. A timeframe would help you work your pace, as well as, keep track with others’ achievements on a project, too.
Take these as your helpful hints!