Tips for managing remote teams
Due to the growth of Covid-19, remote working has become more than a trend
and is forecasted to continually grow up to the end of 2021 (Source: Global
Workplace Analysis 2020). While there are many benefits of integrating this
current working trend into the company culture, it can be challenging for most
managers to ensure the team functions at its full potential. Here are a few tips to
manage remote teams effectively:
1. Communicate effectively
Managing a work-from-home team may not be easy; it can be difficult for
employers to manage the team effectively without face-to-face interaction.
Therefore, managers should incorporate different virtual communication tools
into practice. Using virtual meeting software such as Zoom or Google Hangouts is
a simple way to communicate and keep your team engaged. You can host regular
check-in’s combined with video-based coaching to make sure everyone is on
track and provide as much supports to the team as possible. Ensure you collect
feedback and provide any resources your team members may need. By this way,
not only you are building trust for your team, but also maintaining the
productivity of the company.
2. Set clear expectations
It’s very important that you clearly clarify your expectations and instructions to
your team. This means defining the goal, deadlines and key performance
indicators for each task, to make sure everyone is working effectively. The more
prepared your team is, the better and more productive they’ll be in their jobs.
3. Focus on outcomes
Be mindful that everyone has different schedules and environments when
working from home. Therefore, allowing everyone to be flexible and focus more
on the outcome of their work.
4. Be responsive
Treat your remote team as they are local! Try to respond to your team as fast as
possible. Building a responsive and supportive community is the key to creating
an effective remote workforce. By being available to provide your team guidance
and emotional support, you are creating a stronger bond and develop a happy
Covid-19 has impacted businesses in many ways. Therefore, it’s essential that
companies can adapt to new challenges and manage remote work effectively. It
may take a little extra time to adapt, but it’s possible to stay productive when
working from home.