How to Effectively Manage a Remote Team

Apr 19, 2018 · 4 min read

1. Encourage transparency.

As a manager and leader, you also need to lead by example. You can’t expect your remote workers to open up, get to know you and each other or discuss projects and share their opinion if you don’t do that yourself.

2. Hold regular meetings.

This is one of the challenges of working with a remote team as everyone’s in a different time zone. But you can do it.

3. Organize your work.

A proper structure is what boosts any business. Managing people across the globe without knowing what everyone’s working on and having many projects on your hands can easily turn work into chaos. That’s why you need to create procedures and implement project management systems, set rules and share them with everyone on the team.

4. Use a time tracking tool.

Another thing you need in your arsenal is a time-tracking tool. This is an efficient way to keep your employees on track, review their performance, set clear objectives, and increase team productivity.

5. Aim to create a strong company culture.

Last but not least, your goal should be not just to have a team that’s location-independent but to build a powerful company culture. This can happen by getting to know each other, working towards the same goals, respecting each other’s time and valuing everyone’s skills and talents.


Managing remote teams is challenging: organizing a meaningful process, monitoring team members’ activities and keeping track of the work process is much harder than at an office. However, follow some simple rules, and you’ll do it. This way, you can have a group of loyal, hard-working and productive employees that will help you reach the company vision sooner.

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