A lot of the time, disagreement is part of the innovation process. It can be extremely helpful for people to disagree with an idea, project, or process because it unearths problems early on and allows for more creativity and innovation. However, disagreeing remotely is a little different. We often hear advice to handle difficult conversations and disagreements in person, but that isn’t always possible with employees working remotely. Without the help of tone and body language, your message can come across the wrong way. These are some ways for you to disagree remotely in an understandable way:
Do it Early On
The earlier you give your input, the easier it will be to apply it. It can be nerve wracking to speak up and voice your concerns, so you may be inclined to wait for “the right moment”. This will only make it harder for you to share and harder for your team to change. Try to share your ideas and concerns early in the innovation process to be more effective, even with remote work.
Give Input Frequently
If you only disagree every once in a while, it will feel more severe when you do. Try to always give feedback near the beginning of a project. This way you team members will accept this as part of the process and be more willing to listen and give their own feedback.
Use Technology Face-to-Face
Disagreeing remotely can cause a lot of misunderstanding. A lot of these misunderstandings can be solved by being able to see someone or hear their voice. If you have concerns to voice, it’s a good idea to schedule a short video conference to discuss your concerns. This way, the person you’re talking to can see your facial expressions and hear your tone of voice. Both of you will better understand what the other person is saying and will be able to make more progress.
Following this advice can help your company handle disagreements when employees are working remotely.