Essential Tips to Effectively Manage Your Remote Team
As more and more companies adopt the remote work model, the need to learn how to manage those new remote teams increases. It is a different scenario, for sure, so naturally, some adjustments are necessary. It may be a little intimidating or scary at first, but it’s nothing that can’t be mastered with time, practice, and some helpful tips.
Now more than ever, business owners need to take advantage of technology, as it offers a wide array of tools meant to help you manage your remote teams. Many of these tools are especially helpful when it comes to keeping a fluid communication between you and your remote team members —tools like Slack, Microsoft Teams, Zoom Trello— particularly in times like this, when we must practice social distancing.
Having daily standup calls is critical to keep track of progress on projects and tasks. Schedule a quick call every day at the same time —ideally in the morning— to go over priorities and check in on progress. Take this time to address any questions or comments your team may have and work through any roadblocks. Turning on your video is a good practice that adds a more personal touch to the virtual meeting.
Don’t Underestimate Communication
Regular communication is essential when it comes to working with remote teams. It’s always best to overcommunicate than to under-communicate. Make yourself accessible and promote a culture of constant communication. Let your team know you are there for them and that they can count on each other. They are still a team, even if not physically together.
Set Clear Expectations
It is essential for remote teams —your employees and yourself— to work based on clear and realistic expectations. All tasks should have a scope, a deadline, and clear deliverables. That will make it easier to track progress and measure success.
Create a Trust-Based Culture
Not being able to see your team face-to-face can initially generate a little anxiety, but as you and your team get used to this way of working, you’ll realize it all comes down to trust. Particularly in the circumstances like the ones we’re currently experiencing, there needs to be some flexibility. Stay away from micromanagement. Allow your team to take ownership of their tasks and let them know you trust them to do their work right. It will generate a sense of responsibility and accountability to which remote employees tend to respond very positively to. It will also increase employee engagement and help your team become more productive.