4 Reasons Why You Should Consider Asynchronous Communication For Your Team
While synchronous communication has its place to foster social connections and handle emergencies, asynchronous communication has many benefits.
Here are four of my favorite advantages:
Deep Work > Constant Interruptions
When communicating asynchronous, every team member has full control over their schedule and respond on their terms. That increases flexibility to have more and longer deep focus time. Your team can focus on the important tasks of a project, which leads to a more efficient project timeline — and also a better profit margin.
No “always on” culture results in less stress
Remote doesn't mean “we work 24/7”. One could fall into the trap of responding to messages as if they were in a meeting room, replicating a synchronous environment. Embracing asynchronous communication removes that trap, resulting in less stress.
Reminder: Don't forget to turn off messaging notifications from time to time. It's important to defend your deep focus time.
Meaningful conversations and better decisions
Synchronous communication may be quicker, but that's a false impression. All too often these responses are knee-jerk and therefore of less value. Asynchronous communication on the other hand encourage people to think more deeply about a topic, resulting in better decisions. More time to think is better than quick reactions. Hire from around the world
Hiring people from everywhere enables you to build a diverse and global team. With fresh ideas and a combination of all cultural backgrounds. This will result in better products or services and will help your business to thrive.
Asynchronous communication is something that needs to be trained. Don't expect everyone to love it from the very beginning. Over-communicate the benefits and be supportive. It's worth it.