Remote work is not a trend, rather it is here to stay forever. The annual report, The State of Remote Work, published by Buffer sheds light on the world of remote workers. Around 2500 remote employees and business owners took part in the survey from around the globe to discuss the challenges, pros, and cons of remote work.
According to The State of Remote Work, 91% of the respondents who were business owners, said they support remote work massively. The figure is up from 88% in last year’s report.
As a business owner or manager, you would know the different challenges that come with remote work. While it offers flexible timings and easiness to the workers, it can seem daunting to a manager who has to manage both in-house and remote employees.
Different time zones can sometimes create obstacles in working unanimously for a remote team and manager. But if you have the right tricks up your sleeve, fully understand the concept of remote work and your employees — you can get the most out of it. As multiple studies have shown in the past — remote workers are actually more productive than your in-house team.
According to Owl Labs, 40% of global companies follow the hybrid model. This simply means they have both the in-house and remote team members in their organization.
In this article, we look for practical ways that can help you to manage your remote employees or the entire team effectively and efficiently. Let’s take a look:
Communication is the key
For any successful team, communication is the first step and when it comes to remote employees, it becomes even more important. Happy employees are 12% more productive, according to the study shared by USA Today.
When you communicate frequently with your remote team, stay in touch with them about what is happening and keep tabs on them, it will help in building a community feel. Communicating with remote employees frequently make them feel valued and engaged. Always encourage your remote employees to reach out to you every time there is an issue.
If possible, it would be great if you can arrange a monthly or annual in-person meetup with your remote employees. These meetings help in keeping the employees motivated and be a part of the company.
Management tools are a must
While you can keep a constant check on your in-house team, with remote employees — it is a different story. You don’t get to see them physically every day, and if the time zones do not match; you might not know when they are working and when they’re not. To effectively manage them, having management tools is a must.
You can find a wide range of management tools online that will help you in keeping tabs on each of the remote employees and always staying updated about the progress
Set clear goals
According to research published by McKinsey, “goal-setting can help improve employee engagement in a way which elevates performance and benefits organizations overall”.
Many a time, teams fail to make any progress in spite of having the best resources and skills because no clear goals were set. If you have a remote team of developers, it is important that you set daily/weekly/monthly goals to track the progress of every employee. The goals should be trackable, for instance, for a developer; a daily goal might be to fix a certain module and report back to the manager. By having annual goals, you can see the best team members and the ones who are lagging behind.
Make them feel part of team
“Companies with happy employees outperform their competitors”, according to the study published by Warwich.
When individual feels they are valued by their organization and deemed as integral part of the team, they tend to always step their best foot forward and work to the best of their abilities. As a manager or CEO, it is your responsibility that you make remote employees feel part of the team and not given second importance. Engage in non-work conversations with them, build good relationships with them where you discuss things and happenings around the world just like an in-house employee. This will build trust between the remote employee and you, which will reflect directly on their quality of work and dedication.
Use technology to your benefit
All thanks to the rapidly evolving technology; remote employees no longer have to feel like they are secluded from the company. Every time, there is an in-house meeting, turn on your Skype camera and include the remote team members in the meeting too. If a remote employee has a birthday or a significant occasion in life, do a video call with them and make them feel as much part of your company as you can.
If you want a quick fix in the code or client is asking for an urgent change, digital communication tools will help you in getting in touch with your remote employees in no time.
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These are some of the most effective ways that will help you in keeping your remote employees engaged, checking up on them and manage them in a proactive manner. What ways do you use to manage your employees? Let us know in the comments section below.