Remote working is an absolute must for companies across the globe now. Having to be at the office every day is in the history and that keeps creating challenges for managers and team leads to manage their teams remotely, even though this has been the practice for quite a while now.
Not only remote working, but also distant hiring and on boarding are here to stay and we have no other choice, but make the best of it. In nPloy, we reacted to the new reality with implementing a video call option, so you no longer have to work on several different tools – now you’ve got it all in one place – from posting a job through managing your candidates and monitoring all processes to hiring.
Reduce stress and miscommunication with our hints for managing remote working teams:
1. Have daily updates
Communication is everything. Make sure the tasks are well spread among your team members and it’s clear what everybody has to do by inviting all to a daily 15-minute long update. Encourage video calls, so you can feel more connected to each other and catch if someone needs extra motivation, staying at home is not easy on some people.
2. Technology is here to save the day
There are millions of tools you can use to better manage tasks and people. Platforms for project management, such as Asana, Trello, and Confluence are making your internal processes much more efficient and organised. That includes defining the scope, deadlines, and deliverables for each task or project your team is working on. Moreover, you can monitor the progress on each assignment – what’s to be done, what’s in the process and what’s already completed. Thus, you save time and eliminate the need to ‘chase’ your teammates. And this leads us to…
3. Resource Your Team
Make sure your team has the technology it needs to get the work done. If you have a team of remote workers that means there's a good chance they need tools, such as laptops, software, mobile devices, or even a high-speed internet connection. It's not reasonable to assume that everyone has all of those things, and it's your responsibility as a manager to make sure they do.
4. Be Flexible
Think about that, especially in the current environment, your team has a lot going on. That's not a reason for not getting things done, but it is a cause to reconsider what productivity really means. Keeping an eight-hour-long work day is out. Regular work hours are also probably out for many people. Instead, trust your team and give them the freedom and flexibility to get work done on the schedule that helps them be the most productive. That's good for all of you in the long run anyway.
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