Working from home? Whether you’re new to managing remote teams or an old pro, we’ve got a few tips that’ll keep everyone engaged and productive from boosting employee morale and engagement.
Managing a remote team isn’t like managing an in-house one. Find out how to communicate with remote employees, boost team morale and keep productivity soaring — even when you’re not working in the same building.
3 Tips for Managing Your Remote Team Successfully
- Stay In Touch
When it comes to remote work, communication is key. The idea is that you want to keep the doors to communication open — but not force your employees to constantly update you on their progress. We recommend the following tips to ensure you’re managing your remote team successfully.
Ask your employees what they need. This is the most important thing you can do to keep your employees happy and productive. Most remote teams fail because members don’t have the tools they need to succeed. From productivity tools to tips on staying focused throughout the day, the remote landscape can be tricky to navigate when you first make the transition.
Check in with your team and their employee morale as often as possible to ensure everyone is communicating their needs.
Set expectations. Your employees can’t live up to your expectations if you don’t clearly state what you want. Send expectations in writing and ask your employees to verify that they can meet said expectations.
Offer plenty of measurable feedback. If you’re unhappy with performance or productivity, tell your employees right away — and ask what they need from you to do their jobs. Explain why performances haven’t met your expectations using measurable and precise language.
- Schedule Virtual Events
Just because you’ve gone remote doesn’t mean your employees don’t need interaction. It’s important to schedule virtual team-building and socializing events.
There are dozens of ideas for possible online team building events. Just some of the ideas that top the list include Zoom happy hour, online classes and team bingo. You might also want to give your employees some tips on maintaining human interactions from home.
Note: just because we’re suggesting you schedule virtual events doesn’t mean we’re suggesting you schedule a meeting every day. In fact, you should have a clear agenda and reason for scheduling an event.
- Don’t Micromanage Employees
It’s tempting to want to ensure everyone is doing what they’re supposed to be doing — when they’re supposed to be doing it. Especially if you’re a new remote work supervisor.
Many corporations follow the mindset of, “If you have time to lean, you have time to clean.” But remote working just doesn’t follow that mindset.
Consider transitioning from a time-based performance to a task-based performance schedule. Make a list of employee tasks and set a deadline for each task. Then, let it go. As long as your employees submit their tasks on time (and high-quality work is submitted), don’t keep an eye looking over their virtual shoulders.
Employers who give their workers a longer leash find their teams to be more productive over time.
That being said, don’t forget to offer your employees as much support as possible! Help them create work-from-home schedules. Give them the freedom to choose their own work styles — but offer your advice and guidance when needed.