Twimbit, a 100 percent remote company born during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our teams are spread across more than 20 cities in 6 different countries. This kind of global distribution would have seemed unimaginable just a decade ago. But thanks to technology, we now have a unique opportunity to challenge traditional norms and access talent from around the world. We're lucky to have team members living in smaller cities who can serve clients worldwide. Remote work is more than just a necessity; it's a competitive advantage for us. However, this 100 percent remote environment isn't without its challenges, especially when it comes to running and managing effective meetings. Our goal is to become a role model for other companies in mastering remote work. We're not there yet, but we're taking small steps to get better. So, I want to share some insights and ideas on how to ace remote calls.
Before we dive into the how-tos of remote calls, let's rewind a bit and explore how they came to be. Remote calls, also known as conference calls, started as a substitute for in-person meetings. They emerged during a time of limited bandwidth, subpar internet connections, and rather clunky user interfaces. I can vividly remember the days when the running joke was, "What time should we show up for the 10 am video call?" But fast forward 36 months, and we've seen an incredible transformation. Technology has improved, become more accessible, and is now affordable for businesses of all sizes. Even small businesses can access high-quality tech at reasonable prices.
While technology has evolved, our personal habits during conference calls have, unfortunately, remained stuck in the past. Many of us from the millennial and Gen Y generation tend to conduct ourselves as if it's still 2019. On the other hand, there's a new generation of colleagues who joined the workforce in 2020, having never experienced a traditional office setting. They thrive in remote work environments, embracing the flexibility it offers. However, succeeding in remote calls requires discipline and structure. I've put together a basic list to help us navigate this new norm. We're not remote call masters just yet, but we're on a journey of improvement.
A Simple 8-point Checklist for Success
As we navigate the evolving landscape of remote work, following these practices will not only boost professionalism but also help us adapt seamlessly to the changing work environment. Remember, success in remote calls is a journey we're all on together.