As many businesses are looking to adopt the remote working model long term, many managers realize their job has been changed completely. Managing a remote team is quite different from managing staff in person. There are many distinct challenges associated with managing a remote team. Understanding how to adapt to this new management style and get the most from your remote team will help you, your staff, and your business to excel.
- Set Clear Goals
The first consideration you will need to make when looking to improve your management of remote teams is regarding expectation management. Feelings of confusion and disassociation can be some of the biggest challenges for remote workers. You should avoid these challenges by setting clear goals for all staff. It is vital that staff are clear about their individual work goal and how these goals fit within a broader context of a business’s aims. This will help staff to understand why the work they are doing is so valuable. In addition, putting personal goals within the broader context of an organizational goal will help staff feel connected while working remotely.
- Regularly Check in With Staff
As a manager, you must regularly connect with staff; one of the best ways to do this is with regular individual check-in sessions. You should try to call every member of your team once a week for a check-in session. This will ensure that staff can connect with you, ask questions, or talk about anything they might not feel comfortable mentioning during a group meeting.
- Offer Development Opportunities
Career development mustn’t become neglected as more businesses look to adopt the remote working model full time. Offering regular career development opportunities will help staff to feel more appreciated and engaged. Learning and development opportunities can also help your business by increasing efficiency, knowledge, and productivity rates. With the use of online learning platforms, it has never been easier to offer remote staff development and learning opportunities.
- Show Empathy
Learning how to manage a remote team effectively can take time; as staff adapts to their new working environment, it is vital that you show empathy. Some people will find adapting to a remote working environment much easier than others. While some people might struggle to adopt new technologies, others might suffer from a lack of in-person interactions. You should stay mindful of how your staff adjust to a new working environment and show empathy whenever you can.
- Organize Regular Team Meetings
It is vital that you organize regular team meetings to ensure that everyone remains connected. You should aim to hold team meetings at least once a week. This will help to stimulate communication and ensure that projects are running as is expected. Not only will team meetings help to stimulate productivity, but they are vital for staff wellbeing too. Team meetings help staff feel connected with one another and get some much needed social contact. You should try to keep the tone of team meetings professional but informal, so staff feels they are properly connecting with one another.