Happily, with the right gear and guidance, you can blend work and travel effectively. To do so, consider these tips from so-called “digital nomads” — professionals who successfully earn a living while globetrotting.
Too often, communication breaks down when a team holds a meeting in a conference room with far-flung members dialing in. Attendees around the table often can’t be heard above a whisper by those on the phone, while remote participants struggle to anticipate a pause in the conversation when they can jump in.
There’s a simple way to encourage smoother conversations, says Greg Caplan, CEO of Remote Year, a work and travel company that coordinates travel, accommodations, and workspaces for digital nomads.
“To ensure that each team member is able to participate in the digital discussion effectively, I recommend instituting the ‘All or Nothing’ rule, which says that if everyone can’t be together in a room for a meeting, everybody has to individually call in to the video chat privately,” says Caplan. “This puts everyone on the same playing field and doesn’t put the remote workers at a disadvantage because they aren’t able to physically be in the room.”