The Remote Workplace Uniform

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Uniforms are evolving, often becoming more casual. Many offices have casual Fridays and it’s no longer out of the ordinary to see a CEO in jeans.
Almost every job requires a uniform.
Some uniforms we all recognize, like nurses or doctors or members of the military. Others are less official, like a construction worker’s neon vest or the suit and tie of a business professional. Uniforms are symbols of authority. You wouldn’t accept a ticket from a randomly dressed person—they need to look like a police officer. We give instant authority to the uniform as an indication of their skills and responsibilities in society.

For those of us who work remotely, our “uniform” can be whatever we want it to be! But with that freedom, we have an opportunity to reflect on what we’re trying to achieve with our uniform. The choice of what we are wearing is still purposeful. 

If you walk into a doctor’s office, you expect a person in a white coat. You expect an exam room. You expect certain tools, like a stethoscope. In the remote workspace, we have to expand the boundaries of what our uniform is. For instance, what we wear becomes less important, but our home internet connection is a tool that becomes vitally important. We might not have to worry about renting an office space and how that looks, but we need to make sure that we have superior communication tools in place.
At Clevertech, we pay close attention to our communication spaces.
Whether it is how people show up on video, their Slack profile, or the tone of our emails, we want to nourish trust. This is what allows us to coordinate at a standard that takes care of important concerns that are often unspoken. 

We make sure our employees are using the best, most effective communication tools like Slack, Asana, and Monosnap, to make interactions with our clients and each other easy. We can quickly and effectively share messages, documents, or show a client what we think something should look like. 
We all work in different places, wear different types of clothes, but everything we do is centered around providing our clients with the best possible experience.
Put simply, our “uniform” at Clevertech is client care.
We all work in different places, wear different types of clothes, but everything we do is centered around providing our clients with the best possible experience. That begins with appearances—not only how we look on-camera and in meetings, but also the appearance of our communication tools.

The uniform is a shortcut to building trust and authority which creates seamless communication. When someone looks out from your camera, are you providing communication that is even better than meeting face to face?

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