Balancing Synchronous and Asynchronous Communication in Virtual Teams

What You'll Learn

1Recognize the impact of unbalanced communication on virtual teams

2How to improve well-being with more asynchronous communication and autonomous work

Do back-to-back meetings, Zoom fatigue, overworking, and constant interruptions sound familiar? They are common complaints in teams that are struggling to balance synchronous and asynchronous communication.

When individual contributors and managers adopt more asynchronous communication practices, everyone benefits by gaining time and autonomy over how they spend that time. Autonomy and better work-life balance = happier people.

This presentation will show you how to improve this balance and make a positive impact on your team and business outcomes with a simple-to-use framework.

What is the focus of your work these days?

I am the Founder and CEO of Workplaceless, and we train teams on how to be more effective at remote and hybrid work. Right now, because of COVID, we are focusing on the experience and effectiveness of many organizations that adopted remote work very quickly and are now thinking about how to incorporate more remote work in their long-term plans. One of the components of that is improving communication practices to make sure that there is a better balance of asynchronous and synchronous communication.

What is the motivation for your presentation?

The motivation is that many people are suffering from ineffective communication practices which have been exacerbated by circumstances caused by the pandemic. Companies adopted remote work rapidly without thinking about how remote work needs to be different in order to be effective. To truly reap the benefits of remote work, a high level of autonomy is needed. But with the rapid adoption of remote work, what we saw instead was organizations trying to recreate the office environment with everybody being at home. This has led to back-to-back meetings on video conferencing platforms, and now there’s even a new term for it: Zoom fatigue.

How would you describe the persona and the level of the target audience?

The talk will be relevant for anyone, whether you are an individual contributor or you're a senior manager. I’ll describe what it means to have an optimal balance of async and sync, how to improve that balance and provide some frameworks on how to incorporate more async practices for yourself and for your team.


Tammy Bjelland

CEO @Workplaceless
Tammy Bjelland is the Founder and CEO of Workplaceless, a training company that improves remote and hybrid team effectiveness by developing the capabilities workers, managers, and executives need to succeed in distributed environments. With her background in higher education, publishing, edtech,... Read more Find Tammy Bjelland at:

Wednesday May 19 / 09:10AM EDT (40 minutes)

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