Unless you’re an extreme introvert, most remote workers will tell you that one of the more challenging aspects of their chosen lifestyle is the absence of IRL interactions with co-workers. We can attribute at least some of the rise of co-working spaces and nomad retreats to the collective desire for remote workers to be around others, and part of a team, even if their mission isn’t always the same. Interpersonal relationships at traditional offices are tough, and you might think that all of the issues inherent in having cube-mates—the internal politicking, cliques, rude behavior, the list goes on—would disappear with a remote lifestyle. Some of these issues do tend to dissipate, but others can arise. Communication breakdowns, frustrations scheduling around time zones and difficulty earning respect are all common among remote workers. So, how can remote workers avoid the new landmines that have popped up since leaving the corporate life for that of a remote worker? Here’s a quick rundown of five best practices to keep in mind as you seek to improve your working relationships with colleagues and collaborators as you settle into your new life as a remote worker.