From “when are you free?” to “what’s next”
Centuries ago, we relied on slow methods of communication. It took months, sometimes years, to connect with people far away. As we moved into cities and work became more industrial, all that began to change. Eventually, we expected rapid communication.
Our society shifted from one of patience to instant gratification. In the workplace, no matter the industry, people learn to expect immediacy. Patience was no longer a virtue.
Perhaps you’ve encountered this in your career. Calls for meetings are more urgent than actual productivity. We all love to look busy.
Yet the world is increasingly shifting toward remote work. This trend began even before the pandemic, and now it’s becoming normal. Some business owners have balked, insisting that the lack of in-house meetings and instant communication will hurt productivity.
But will it? After all, we’re the days of the pony express in the carrier pigeon are long behind us. It is now possible to communicate quickly even if people are miles away dash or halfway around the world.
And this could be a good thing, as it allows people to work when they are best able to work. Is it really a benefit to have a morning meeting if half the people must chug coffee to stay awake during it?
Whether you have a fully remote business or hybrid workplace, here’s why you can benefit from what we call asynchronous communication.
Do you synchronize your workplace?
Synchronicity in this context means same time, same place. Many business owners believe they need their teams to be physically and mentally present to achieve results. Those urging for a return to the office often mention the alleged benefits of in-person meetings.
For every boss who encourages this, though, there are many more workers who do not see the benefits of meetings. We’ve all said at one point, “This meeting could have been an e-mail.”
And while unnecessary meanings may seem like a mere annoyance, they can and do hurt productivity. People whose valuable energy and time are tied up in meetings are less able to implement their talents.