Communication in remote working environment

This is our final group task from the course Dialogue: Constructive talk at work. We are 22 students from many different faculties in Tampere University. Our first plan for this group task was to make a video about do’s and don’ts at the workplace. We chose actors and planned to film a magnificent movie at the university. Then corona came and the course was moved to an online meeting platform Zoom. We quickly changed our group task plan for a more suitable one in this new situation. Online meetings and remote studying were pretty new to all of us so we decided to make the group project about the pros and cons of working remotely. We also wanted to share our own experiences and combine them with the dialogue theory. Each of us prepared a short speech and then we read them aloud in turns. In Zoom, you can record the meeting and that was what we did. One take and we had a video ready! When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, they say. So things went well after all. :)

See our group project here:

Table of contents of the video

  1. Introduction
  2. Ethics
  3. Communication Accommodation Theory
  4. Interruption in conversation
  5. Relationship and communication with coworkers
  6. International communication
  7. Lack of eye contact, dialogue in circle vs in video
  8. Nonverbal cues
  9. Online body language and minimal responses
  10. It’s easy to be on time
  11. Environmental distractions
  12. 3 things that an individual can do to get distance work working better
  13. Google docs and background assistance
  14. Technical difficulties
  15. Trust and sharing
  16. Possibilities of Bohmian Dialogue in online work
  17. Ending


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