5 Creative Team Habits for Thriving Remotely
Over a year ago, my team and I went from a hybrid remote and in person work flow to fully remote. The change happened almost completely overnight in light of the pandemic as we had a day to pack our essentials and leave our NYC office. The change helped us grow and level up our processes. As a manager I have learned a lot along the way, and while we had ideas in theory of how the transition would work, we had to develop clear boundaries and innovation opportunities to help build a remote creative culture.
A few questions I am often asked are:
How can designers collaborate remotely?
How do you maintain a creative culture virtually?
How can designers do their best work without constant verbal confirmations?
First off, these were questions I have received even in a hybrid work environment. To get started, it is important to ensure that Designers are set up for success with proper pillars in place to grow a strong team over time.
In a remote settings the above essentials are still just as relevant but with a few key challenges:
- The workspace of each teammate is less accessible
- Less physical visibility of hand movements, hand eye coordination, and quick key usages
- Inability to have in-person whiteboarding or sketching
- A lack of awareness of facial expressions/tone
As designers often count on these visible cues to gauge technique, clarity of instructions, and improve trainings. In a remote setting we have to rely on a virtual creative space and less face-to-face accountability. Here are the areas I recommend focusing on for an optimal creative space: