Transitioning to remote working can be a bit of an adjustment. For managers used to overseeing a team in-person, it requires a modification in their approach to leadership. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean it has to prove challenging. Here are the best strategies to managing a remote team:
Clear expectations are especially important when managing a remote team. When communicating with your employees from a distance, you need to let them know what is expected of them on not only a daily basis, but also a weekly basis. When your employees are working from home, it is too easy for them to become unmoored if they don’t know what you expect from them.
As mentioned above, setting clear expectations is vital. You need to also schedule regular check-ins to stay in touch and to ensure that your expectations are being met. This typically happens organically at the office. When working remotely though, you have to make an effort with your remote team to stay in touch. Regularly scheduled check-ins are the best way to make sure everyone is on the same page.
When working remotely, video conferencing is a key element to success. It truly is the next best thing to being in the office and communicating face to face. When trying to meet in groups or go over complicated details of a project, video conferencing often proves superior to the phone.
Trying to share documents through email is not an efficient way of working. Using cloud collaboration software, on the other hand, is a convenient method for teams to work together on projects. This software also allows you to share different files without having to take the step of emailing it back and forth. When you can’t print out a document and make notes on it, this is the next best thing.