There are always times for a quick conversations that used to happen as a hallway conversation, or a "drive by". “Hey X, do you have 5 minutes?” Remote tools actually makes this interaction work better.
- An instant messaging (IM) platform is a life-safer. An instant messaging platform is an excellent way to virtualize this interaction. I personally prefer Slack over everything else. (Apologies to Skype, Hipchat and Amazon Chime.) This is better than real life “drive-by”‘s. You are not interrupting the other person. Instead, you are affording the other person the courtesy of letting them respond when they can. Innovation!
- Good old fashioned texting. This is a good Plan B when you have unreliable internet connectivity. Everyone knows how to use this. An alternative is WhatsApp chat. Whatever you do – pick one fallback mechanism and stick with it. Two is confusing enough, three is way too much confusion.
Adapted from a blog post titled "Leading a virtual entrepreneurial team – Part 1. Communication Basics" by Elaine Chen