How to avoid communication breakdown in a distributed team

Written by Caroline Roberts Tuesday 25 July 2023
Hybrid working makes communication more complex. With evidence that workplace relationships are more strained than ever, managers need to concentrate more than ever on keeping lines of communication open
People in a team communicating through various forms such as email and message

The flexibility of being able to work at home, at least part of the time, has been a boon for many. Almost three in five managers told CMI in February’s Managers Voice survey that work-life balance is better now than it was before the pandemic, and 40% believed that productivity has improved.

But there are also downsides. Just over half of managers, and particularly those in large organisations, said that workplaces are lonelier, and 70% agreed that colleagues spend less time socialising with each other. 

On top of this, workplace conflict seems to be on the up. Alongside multiple reports of increased demands for conflict resolution services, a study from recruitment specialists Wade Macdonald found that HR departments are dealing with more employee relations issues than they were before the pandemic hit. It’s telling that one of the top CMI Insights articles for the past couple of years has been “The five main causes of conflict in distributed teams – and how to manage them”.

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