If you have suddenly been thrust into the position of managing a remote team, you may be wondering exactly what you can do to make the process go smoother.
For many businesses, there has been a change of pace when it comes to working in the last twelve months, and while many companies thought this change might be temporary for a few months, others are beginning to realize that it could go on for much longer.
Learning To Cope
It is not just the ongoing global health crisis that is changing attitudes to working from home and working remotely, but the changing priorities of your own employees.
For a lot of people, more time at home surrounded by family has actually had a very positive effect on their lives and studies are showing that employees are less likely than ever to want to go back to full time working in the office.
So, how can you help that transition to full-time remote working work better for your employees? Here are five tips that might help.
One of the biggest gripes of any employee in any business is not having the right equipment and technology to get the job done. For more office-based employees, this means giving them the technology they need.
Giving your employees access to decent technology, like a specifically designed business lenovo laptop or a fast business smartphone, will help you foster good relations with your team members, and stop the gripes about the tech not working.
Communication is a big deal for remote teams, but it is not about chasing them up every five minutes.
Establish a good communication schedule with your team, whether it is a morning meeting or an afternoon catch up, and consider using an instant messaging service to reduce the bulk of emails that are likely to be flying about on a daily basis too.
Space To Complete Tasks
With good communication comes the need to understand personal space. For some employees, they will be perfectly happy to be on the phone all the time, chatting via instant messaging services, or keeping everyone updated via email, but for others, this is pure hell.
Make sure you understand how your employees work and how long tasks should take. If they are working on a task that should take two hours, do not keep bugging them every 15 minutes to see if it is done, but equally check-in after four hours to see if they are ok.
A big complaint that many remote employees have is that their home life and their work-life has become one and they find it hard to switch off.
This is an issue that can be easily mitigated by stocking to strict ground rules about when people are expected to be ‘online’ and when they are expected to reply. Stick to this one firmly.
Mental Health Support
Burnout can happen to remote employees and is less likely to be noticed in advance.
If your team is not used to working remotely, it might be with investing in extra mental health support, just to keep everyone in top condition and feeling supported.