With many businesses considering how best to keep teams connected when not everyone can be in the same location, we\u2019ve been asked by a number of our customers for recommendations for staying productive and on task. Here are some best practices for fostering collaboration when your teams find themselves working remotely. Set up your team for remote work Make sure your team has the right tools and processes set up before you transition from working at the office to working from home. Once they\u2019re set up, here are a few extra steps you can take in advance: 1. Create a team alias to easily stay in touch.\u00a0An\u00a0email list\u00a0that includes all your team members lets you quickly share information, and a\u00a0chat room\u00a0can be used for faster-moving discussions. 2. Check sharing permissions on important documents\u00a0so collaborators can\u00a0edit and comment as needed. You might even consider creating a\u00a0shared drive\u00a0where your team can store, search, and access files from any device. 3. Schedule meetings now\u00a0so you can stay in contact later.\u00a0Set up calendar invites, create an agenda ahead of time, and\u00a0attach relevant docs to the invite. It\u2019s also a good idea to make sure everyone is\u00a0familiar with video conferencing. Keep your team connected and organized each day Now that your team is set up and everyone\u2019s ready to work from home, it\u2019s important to keep everyone on the same page. Now that your team is set up and ready to work from home, here are some ways to keep everyone on the same page. 4. Hold daily meetings\u00a0to stay connected with your co-workers. Working at home can be isolating for some, and video conferencing is a great way to keep people engaged. Try to be visible on camera when appropriate,\u00a0present\u00a0relevant content, and ask questions to spark conversations. When time zones prevent everyone from joining a meeting,\u00a0record it\u2014after making sure that participants feel comfortable being recorded! 5. Share goals and updates regularly.\u00a0Whether it\u2019s through a chat group or in a\u00a0shared document\u00a0that everyone updates,\u00a0 a record of what\u2019s being accomplished is a great way to feel connected, keep everyone up to date, and follow-up on action items. You can also set up an\u00a0internal site\u00a0to consolidate important information and resources into a central hub for your team, or to share information with your organization more broadly. 6. Continue to practice good workplace etiquette.\u00a0Just because your team isn\u2019t at the office doesn\u2019t mean they\u2019re not busy.\u00a0Check calendars\u00a0before scheduling meetings, and when you reach out via chat, start by asking if it\u2019s a good time to talk. You can also proactively inform your co-workers of your own availability by setting up\u00a0working hours\u00a0in Calendar. That way, if a team member tries to schedule a meeting with you outside of your working hours, they\u2019ll receive a warning notification. Getting your work done on the Wi-Fi at home Sharing space\u2014and an internet connection\u2014at home means you might need to be mindful of the needs of others in your household. Here are a few tips. 7. Don\u2019t spend all day on video.\u00a0There are many tools at your disposal for staying in touch with your team, whether it's a chat room, a shared document, a short\u00a0survey, or a\u00a0quick conference call. Pick what works best\u2014especially if you\u2019re sharing an internet connection. 8. Find the right set-up for you.\u00a0You might need to try a few different configurations before you discover how to stay focused and not distract others. Here are\u00a0six tips for better video calls including how to turn on live captioning so you can read a transcript of the meeting in real-time. These are just a few of the ways the G Suite team is thinking about staying focused and collaborative. For more information, watch\u00a0these videos\u00a0with tips on working from home, and check out the latest updates in our\u00a0Learning Center article on tips for working remotely.