The water cooler holds a place in office lore as a location where workers once gathered to share stories, tell jokes, and get to know each other. With the rise of remote teams, the water cooler rite of passage is one that some entering the workforce might never experience and that others already in the workplace now miss.

So, how can distributed teams get to know each other, despite the distance and anonymity that come with remote or hybrid working?

Voice to voice interactions is one powerful way. Voice bridges the gap between email and video, and is still as relevant today as it ever was. While giving a coworker a call may seem old school, the fact is that voice interactions help teams stay connected and collaborating. Let us count the ways:

The Power of Voice Communication

You can communicate a great deal with images and text alone, but oftentimes the human voice conveys much more than just what is being said. Enabling seamless voice communication allows your remote team to express emotion, tone, and nuance more effectively. This helps deepen interpersonal relationships that allow team members to build trust and reduce miscommunication.

Leveraging Voice Solutions for Remote Collaboration

Voice solutions offer a range of features and functionality that support seamless remote collaboration. Voice calling, conferencing, instant messaging, and huddle spaces allow teams to communicate in real-time, share ideas, and work together on projects. These tools allow for efficient and flexible communication, ensuring that remote team members can connect and collaborate whenever and wherever.

Seamless Integration with Existing Workflow

Voice solutions integrate with existing tools and workflows, increasing the different channels of communication that teammates can use to interact with each other. Such integrations eliminate the need to switch between different applications if team members need to speak about something, saving time and enhancing productivity.

Mobility and Accessibility

Voice solutions allow for greater mobility and accessibility, giving team members the freedom to work from any location around the world. With a solid VoIP solution in place, all team members need is a stable internet connection to experience digital quality conversations with their coworkers.

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Fostering Connection and Collaboration with Voice Communication Virtual Meetings and Team Discussions

Virtual meetings are often the lifeblood of distributed workforces, as they provide a chance to connect, and to see and hear their fellow colleagues. The ability to listen and be heard by others fosters a sense of unity, collaboration, and human understanding.

Voice Messaging and Informal Communication

Many people don’t like checking their personal voicemail. But, in the workplace, asynchronous voice messages can be a powerful way for employees to convey information and build rapport with each other. Voice messaging allows for quick and spontaneous interactions, cutting down on unnecessary meetings or long complicated email threads. 

Building Rapport and Trust

Ultimately, teams thrive when they are able to build rapport and trust with each other over time. This is one of the biggest challenges that remote organizations face, as employees do not gather in spaces where interactions naturally take place. Absent from written communications are non-verbal cues such as tone, pitch, and intonation—these things can shape the meaning of words and create stronger impressions of a speaker. 

Overcoming Remote Communication Challenges with Voice Solutions

Beyond building relationships, remote teams face many other communication challenges, such as misinterpretation of messages or lack of participation. Voice solutions can help overcome these challenges by providing a more natural and expressive means of communication. Another issue remote teams face is meeting fatigue. Providing voice as an option for communication can lessen the stress and burnout that can arise from too many other interactions.

Empower Your Remote Team with Voice

Voice communication is essential for building strong remote teams. Its unique advantages, such as conveying emotions, fostering real-time interactions, and reducing miscommunication help fuel collaboration and interconnectivity . 

To unlock the full potential of voice communication for your organization, contact an expert at Yorktel to start building a solution tailored to your specific needs.