Almost all of my work involves remote workers – inside the US in other offices, home offices, foreign counties, near time zones, and distant time zones. The few tips in this article at HBR are a great starting point for improving remote working relationships. In particular, give the benefit of the doubt. I’ve seen quite a few destructive patterns in remote relationships that began with a negative assumption about another person’s motivation or unspoken agenda. Yeah, some nasty corporate politics exist. But, most of the time, what appears to be negative is simply inaccurate interpretation of some unspoken “mystery” behavior.
Stay positive and give people the benefit of the doubt – local or remote. Things will be better for all of us.