8 ways to go from a good to a GREAT virtual Threads community member

Remember being this close you could touch cups?
  1. Cameras on for video- or it’s a poor-quality phone call (in which case, call them- see number 7)

8 ways to be an (even) better Threads community member

1. Be present visually & mentally

Make sure you’ve closed other tabs down and turned off notifications. When you’re in a group session, try to have your camera on so that others can read your body language. It’s hard to connect with people when you can’t see their faces!

An example of appropriate messaging! And yes we really do ❤

2. Check the inner keyboard warrior

Most of us grew up with instant chat as a tool to speak to our friends. As we move into the online world at work, things get a little muddy. Check yourself before you send a message, and make sure the tone and content is safe for work (SFW)

3. Inclusion by design

Remember when we used to have a conversation in the kitchen and just the person you needed dropped by and took your idea to the next level? That is so much harder to create when we’re all in closed zoom calls. Be thoughtful about who should be in sessions, and what they’re for. A way to mitigate it is to ask for help from people, or for their opinion on an idea you have. It doesn’t have to be a meeting, it could just be a voice note, but you’d be amazed what happens when fresh eyes look at things! Bring back creativity ❤

4. Expressions don’t always express what you hoped for

We’re a multinational bunch, and sometimes our local expressions or abbreviations do not translate well. Think about your audience when you’re speaking or typing. Have you ever tried translating “cat got your tongue” or “cut off your nose to spite your face” into another language and back again?!

5. Space out so you don’t zone out

Back to back Zoom calls will leave you frazzled. If you’re the organiser, try and give people 15 minutes between their last meeting and yours. At the very least, it gives everyone time to grab a coffee, write down their notes and mentally prepare themselves for your session so they’re fully present

This woman is having THE BEST time on her telephone

6. Bring back the phone call

Remember the 90’s when everyone had desk phones and no caller ID? It was WILD. Chat roulette every minute. But seriously, zoom fatigue is real. Not everything has to be a meeting or a zoom. If you follow the principles below and use phone calls to alleviate the zoom pressure, you’ll feel more engaged in them. There is research that says hearing someone’s voice helps you connect with them more than a text message (who’d have thought), so get dialling.

Slack lets you change your status whenever you want

7. Be good to yourself- switch off the notifications

Did you know that by sleeping with your phone in your room, you’re mentally unable to switch off fully? Even when you’re asleep. You are the owner of your own destiny. Threads is 24 hours/7 days a week, but you’re not, and it’s important you protect your time when you’re not working.

WhatsApp and Slack also give you the option to change you Avatar

8. Assume positive intent

Miscommunication happens all the time. When you read or listen to something, you do so through the lens of your current emotions. If you’re feeling happy, you tend to read positivity, if you’re in a bad mood, its the opposite. If you find yourself assuming the worst, sit yourself down and think it through. Is it really likely that the individual is trying to make you angry or stop your inner peacock from flying? Is their some value in what they say? Take a beat, re-read it, and if it still sounds negative, pick up the phone and ask. Above all BE KIND and assume kindness.

A good example of appropriate office messaging, and yes its true, we like you too ❤, you’re awesome

Summary

Remote working is here to stay, and we need to become more comfortable navigating our own boundaries between our work and social environments. We all have different boundaries, and it is important that we recognise what these are. Threads also have a code of conduct at it’s important we remember this even when we’re not IRL or IRT.

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Kate Rand

Kate Rand

VP of People for Threads Styling, public speaker and Lead Trainer for the AgileHR Community. Putting the human back in to HR!