3 Legitimate Fears of Remote Team Managers

…and how to deal with these fears

Managers in today’s WFH world face new (and sometimes persisting) obstacles in their work, which will only be getting more and more problematic with time following the current trend, with number of remote workers constantly increasing. These obstacles, if not handled properly, could seriously harm the company’s efficiency. To avoid such an outcome, it is important to know about the three most common fears — and ways to deal with them — related to management in the modern WFH-era.

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1. What is My Team Doing — and What if They Are Doing It Wrong?

Unsurprisingly, dealing with employees’ performance issues has always been the main problem for managers. Such troubles for managerial staff start with not knowing where the team is spending their time. The questions each manager is asking themselves about their team productivity: Are they spending time on the right goals? And even so, are they able to prioritize these goals to achieve the highest possible ROI? What about their KPIs, then?

Unsurprisingly, dealing with employees’ performance issues has always been the main problem for managers. Such troubles for managerial staff start with not knowing where the team is spending their time. The questions each manager is asking themselves about their team productivity: Are they spending time on the right goals? And even so, are they able to prioritize these goals to achieve the highest possible ROI? What about their KPIs, then?

These fears are completely reasonable. According to a recent 5-year, 50 000 person Gallup study, 58% of all work (both employers and managers do) has no connection to any of the company’s objectives. Indeed, even before the age of so common nowadays (and involuntarily boosted by the COVID-19 epidemic) remote work, managers had difficulties tracking their team-members’ daily undertakings. However, nowadays, due to increasingly popular WFH-style workplace, controlling and directing the team members’ activities present an additional pain for managers.

Fortunately, a solution to the productivity problem is simultaneously simple and appropriate to its time. To specify, in order to avoid team productivity issues at the age of WFH, or, at the very least, mitigate them, managers are offered a variety of time- and purpose-tracking digital tools. These tools allow managers to have a complete visibility on where their team is spending most of their time, as well as provide proactive insights on how to allocate this time better.

2. My Supposedly Helpful Calendar is Actually a Burden — and I Do Not Know What to Do with My Time

Even if a team is spending time in the optimum manner, its manager might not be enjoying such a necessity, important for any productive work. For example, the manager risks overusing microcontrolling, appointing incessant one-on-one meetings in order to ensure that each team member is pursuing the right objectives. This approach is time- and energy-consuming, and while one-on-ones are one of the most powerful weapons in the manager’s arsenal, in the described micromanagerial scenario they are often wasted on supervising routine or, otherwise, trackable tasks. As a result, such wasteful efforts deprive the manager of time and resources, both of which could be otherwise employed elsewhere more useful.

What is more, the calendar software, which is supposed to be helping managers with, well, time-management, presents an additional complication in the already restless managerial activity. Even without the special time-organizing program, managing one’s calendar could present a serious problem, requiring a detailed solution guideline. Coupled with the necessity to deal with an overly complicated scheduling software, frustration over managing one’s calendar could lead to stress and, eventually, burnout, with managers already being at high risk of it.

To avoid such negative consequences, it is paramount to have an intuitively understandable calendar software, ideally having the already mentioned time- and purpose-tracking features. As such, the calendar would proactively help managers to align their goals with the meetings, as well as give full visibility on the team members activities, this reducing the amount of redundant one-on-one meetings. Bottom line: a well-designed calendar would allow managers to spend their time in the most optimum manner.

3. Is My Online Environment Well-Protected?

Another concern for managers is the security of their and their team members’ personal information online. Personal data is often stolen from various online sources, including software for team management, for different malicious purposes, ranging from selling information to third parties to identity theft. An example of such evil-doing would be inviting calendar users into fake meetings, which are nothing less than phishing websites designed to look like Microsoft Outlook for the purpose of stealing users’ personal data.

The risk rises with the number of people using the software inside the company. Similarly, with WFH becoming increasingly popular, the potential number of job candidates for a company rises to the entire world’s population. This flaw has become evident during the last year scandal with Google Calendar, potentially exposing 1 billion app users to fraudulent invites issue.

A clear-cut remedy to avoid such negative consequences is a well-protected software, designed with meticulous attention to its users’ security. Nowadays, a good software should be developed in full compliance with the SOC 2 framework, an auditing procedure that defines criteria for securely managing customer data, eliminating the risk of personal data being stolen or users’ identity compromised.

An example of software, addressing all the three above-mentioned managerial fears, is TeamCalendar.ai, making it an invaluable asset in each manager’s arsenal. Request a demo to find out how TeamCalendar.ai solves the productivity, time-management and security problems. Request a demo to start organizing your time smarter now.

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