Minding others time when working remotely

When you need someone’s help when working remotely, be mindful of the other person’s time. 

Try “Hey Sarah, can you ping when me you have 5mins, there’s something I’d like to go over with you.”

Rather than 

“Do you have 5mins?”

The former allows the other person to keep control of their time and helps you to manage your own expectations about when you’ll get the help.

If you need help urgently, then be clear.

“Hey Sarah, when you have 5mins in the next hour there’s something I’d like to go over with you.”

Asking “Do you have 5mins” demands attention now, which the other person may not be able to give at that precise time. 

This causes stress and frustration on both sides of the exchange and life’s too short for that!

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