Managing a team whilst working remotely requires a different approach to managing when in the same physical space. We’ve provided some points below to help you drive outcomes, maintain engagement, productivity, motivation, and teamwork whilst managing a team remotely.
1: Clearly communicate expectations
To allow them to deliver effectively, you also need to be clear about what is expected of them, so they can confidently get on with their tasks, working productively and effectively. Establish clear expectations from the onset.
2: Use collaborative tools
We are fortunate to be living in a world where there are unlimited technological tools that can be used to increase efficiency, productivity and improve the organisation of tasks. Use this to your advantage to stay connected with your team. Platforms such as Slack, Google Docs, Microsoft Teams and Trello are great to keep track of tasks that both you and your employees are working on.
3: Recognise and encourage a healthy work life balance
As a quality leader, you should promote a positive work-life balance and encourage employees not to overstretch themselves. Reiterate the importance of switching off after work hours and do not encourage the blurring of boundaries. This may include limiting you’re out of hours emails and communication, so your staff don’t feel the need to mirror your actions.
4: Maintaining engagement and productivity levels among teams
It is important to check in throughout your teams work weeks to make sure they are feeling engaged and therefore productive. Working from home takes it tolls and sometimes checking in and asking the question ‘how are you feeling’ can do wonders in make sure your team feels heard and seen.
5: Providing resources throughout WFH periods
Providing a plethora of materials your team can utilise is of high importance throughout the WFH period. With your team not being able to reach out in person to people as quickly as they could in the office, making sure your team has easy access to all resources to help them complete their tasks is a great step in making WFH feel more comfortable.