Basics of remote team management.

Because of the covid pandemic, remote work or work from home have grown in popularity. It has become imperative for companies to adapt if they want to remain in business and generate profits. Right now, a growing number of people are working remotely and, most of them have come to favour it more than going back to the office. Remote work has become a trend. According to Global Workplace Analytics, 16% of companies hire exclusively remotely. Upwork projects that around 22% of the workforce will be remote workers by 2025. The Bureau for Labor and Statistics argue that a quarter of the workforce is already working remotely.

While remote work is preferable for maintaining the spread, it entails drawbacks. Remote work means that thousands of team leaders and managers who know nothing about remote work see themselves suddenly responsible for managing staff from afar. That wreaks havoc and can be frightening. It might be best to implement clear remote-work guidelines and strategies to handle challenges better. Nonetheless, in times of crises or of fast-changing circumstances, the preparation may not be enough, especially for those managing remote staff for the first time.

There is a lot of noise regarding the best approach to managing remote workers, particularly concerning the best tools to use. But, it’s not only about the tools and software. It is much more about the structure of teams, the personality of team members and processes. Here are some ideas on achieving proper team management for better success when managing remote workers.

Putting the team together.

Unsurprisingly, assembling the team is the main activity of having a remote team. But, in the process, make sure to find the right talents capable of performing well in remote-work settings. Hire doers, you know- those who will get things done. They need to be able to provide results regardless of their location. Hire those you deem trustworthy and trust those whom you hire. Get people who have good communications skills because your team will rely heavily on communications. Lastly, hire those who honestly want to work remotely.

Get the right tools/software. Get what you need

Having the right tools/software is crucial. They are necessary to ensure that everything is on track and everyone is on the same page. It comes in handy since there isn’t physical supervision. But, be careful not to waste resources on useless tools/software.

Systems and processes

Having proper systems/processes will enable more effective automation and consistent workflow. Work can get completed even if there isn’t full assistance from team members. Systems/processes provide a sustainable framework and map to achieving tasks.

As things speed up, so should the team’s productivity. Be keen on getting their feedback and pulses because they are an integral part of the strategy.