Tips on managing a remote team.

Take your team’s productivity and efficiency to new heights with these useful insights.

1.Work Force.

Hire the right people. Not everyone is up to the task of working alone, as remote workplaces are usually less social than co-located ones. People on remote teams need to be ok with that. For best results, it’s imperative to hire people who are up for the challenge and capable of working independently, but yet in a small team.

2. Tools

Use the right remote work tools. Tools are important in a remote workplace because they enable you to better organise the team and keep everyone on the same page. A truly effective remote work team will have all of the vital remote work tools: email, a file sharing capacity, an instant messaging platform, screen sharing software, project management software and any tools or resources specific to your industry.

3. Process

Organise a work plan. One of the most important ingredients in a powerful remote team is process, or how you work. In a virtual team, each person may develop their own processes and procedures that do not mesh with the way other team members are working. It’s best to use a project management system to keep everyone in touch.

4. Goals

Articulate project goals and objectives clearly. Help remote workers understand what they are working towards by setting the correct priorities and goals. In a virtual work setting, the importance of having clear project goals and objectives cannot be overstated.

These goals should be clearly communicated during meetings, regular check-ins and performance reviews aswell.

5. Communication

Keep communication lines open. Communication is key when you have a completely remote workforce. You have to get really at deliberate, structured communication, making sure the team is checking in daily. Set aside time for your one on ones with your remote employees. Also, encouraging team members to keep in touch with each other can be invaluable for additional points of communication.

Effective communication will help you build a team that is innovative, efficient and results driven.

6. Trust

Trust is key. Recruiting remote workers you can trust can be a time-consuming process when you’re trying to run a business. Since not everyone can work in a remote environment, it’s important to find people you can trust to complete their tasks and stay productive when working under their own steam.

7. Team Building

Develop a happy engaged team. Compensate for the fact that you are not bumping into each other by trying to create some social aspects with a remote team. Creating stronger bonds within your company can be as simple as using videos as a way to inspire your team, meeting in person periodically, having and maintaining non-work related communication, or anything that creates a feeling that team workers are not working separately but are truly part of a team.

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