- July 29th, 2017, 8:13 am
I'll just put this out here as a tidbit of advice in general from me personally. If you do any studies into effective communications, it is generally agreed that at least 65% of all communication is non-verbal. Adding to that, I have worked remotely for over 13 years and manage a diverse team of people from a few different countries where we also have language and cultural barriers.
Over the years, I have learned the challenges of spending most of my time behind a keyboard and monitor. The biggest challenge is that the brain has a difficult time effectively comprehending what is said through email, instant messenger, forums posts, etc. It is not able to take into account all the nuances that you get when speaking with someone in person (or even on the phone) so it is easy to take things wrong or read into the written word things that may or may not be there.
The best way to be able to get along with others over the Internet is to shrug things off publicly. If more discussion is needed with someone specifically, that is when you reach out with them directly, which often quickly resolves any differences.