The Benefits of Asynchronous Communication

May 20, 2020

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We’ve all experienced it: the dreaded meeting that could have been—or really should have been—an email. But even without a global crisis exerting tremendous pressure on our ability to manage our time, energy, and attention, it’s worth looking at how the timing of our communication can help or hurt our ability to get work done. Whether we’re working from corporate HQ, a cafe, or our kitchen, asynchronous communication can noticeably improve our collaboration and the quality of our work.

This Resource, which is available to members of the Nomadic Academy, explores the difference between synchronous and asynchronous communication, and makes the case for asynchronous communication. Here’s a sneak peek:

The Benefits of Asynchronous Communication
There are a lot of reasons we might have a bias toward synchronous communication—or, any communication that takes place in real time—especially if we are still adjusting to working remotely. For one, it recreates the face-to-face interactions that we experience when we are co-located. For those of us who are managers, mediums like video meetings or conference calls can also provide us with a sense of control that we might lose when we can’t “see” our teams working. Or it might feel like a way to hold our team accountable by keeping them on call.

But the truth is that there are distinct advantages to asynchronous communication—or, any communication that doesn’t have to take place in real time. Asynchronous communication:

In the Nomadic Academy, members are discussing the benefits of both types of communication, and sharing their experiences and preferences with each other. To join this conversation—and others—become a member of the Nomadic Academy today.

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