Working Asynchronous

November 15, 2018

In a professional setting, effective communication is critical. Overdoing it, on the other hand, can have unintended consequences. It may cause us to prioritize connectivity over productivity, causing unnecessary stress for others and resulting in less productive discussions and solutions. It's also unrealistic to expect everyone to maintain friendly and effective communication on a daily basis.

Asynchronous communication is something you may have heard of. It's a simple idea: you send a message and don't expect an immediate response. Consider it like sending an email; you don't expect an immediate response, and the recipient may respond after a few hours.

The advantages of this communication style are obvious. Because it is slower paced and allows for more thoughtful responses, it promotes high-quality communication. It also reduces stress during collaborations because people have time to think before responding.

Asynchronous communication can significantly boost productivity regardless of your work setup - remote or otherwise. It is, in my opinion, a critical factor in fostering a healthier and more effective work environment.

Asynchronous communication, in essence, could be the future of workplace interaction. It promotes thoughtful discussions and reduces stress by striking a balance between connectivity and productivity. Accepting it may result in a more productive, efficient, and harmonious work environment.


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Written by Phong Tran who lives and works in Tokyo building useful things. You can follow him on Twitter

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