Guide to Managing Remote Team

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What is your strategy for maintaining successful relationships with your team members working remotely? Of course, managing teams from afar is never an easy task…but the good news is that it IS POSSIBLE, and the world is heading in that direction.

With the technological advancements that enable instant information transfer, resource sharing, and free flow of communication, organizations can harness the true value of human resources from around the world to gain a competitive advantage.

Benefits of working remotely

Isn’t it common for businesses to hire talent from different countries, especially after the pandemic? Such talent and resources, however, must be properly oriented and guided. As a result, the work of managing remote teams becomes a remarkably interesting subject to delve into and explore.

The manager’s responsibilities include guiding, supporting, and cultivating unity among members of remote teams. Their job is not only to ensure that work is done well, but also that their team members are happy and work well together.

Clevertech, Hotjar, TaxJar, and Aha! are among the companies that have mastered remote working models. SAP, Dell Technologies, Sutherland, Pearson, and HubSpot are some of the more well-known companies that have successfully incorporated remote working into specific parts of their operations.

Good practices for Remote Team Management

  1. Set Clear Boundaries

Because remote teams employ people from different time zones, it is critical to discuss work schedules with each team member while respecting their time and demonstrating that you value their time and space. This should help to foster a fruitful working relationship.

  1. Embrace Diversity, Stay Inclusive

Furthermore, because people working in remote teams will be of various ethnicities, cultural barriers should not be surprising when managing such teams. If the manager is not open to such differences and cultural challenges, managing multicultural teams can be intimidating and difficult. Accepting people for who they are is critical (considering the due review of their skills and capabilities has been done during recruitment). People from various backgrounds have different attitudes and responses to work, life, feedback, instructions, and so on. As a result, it is critical to foster a mindset of celebrating differences while also encouraging mutual respect and cordiality.

  1. Set Expectations Clearly & Early

Set clear and precise expectations from the start, as early as the interview stage. Setting expectations for working hours, communication systems, meeting scheduling, project/task fulfilment, meeting deadlines, responding to emails, and so on. Employees can then make an informed decision about their project while remaining focused on organizational goals, resulting in minor surprises.

  1. Develop Excellent Online Communications Skills

Communicating with remote teams can be difficult. As a result, it is critical to develop and hone one’s oral and written communication skills while remaining aware of nonverbal cues. To avoid confusion, the key is to ‘keep it simple and short’ (K.I.S.S.). It is necessary to write clearly and speak clearly while connected online. Implementing the right collaboration tool to enable members to collaborate effectively is also critical to remotely managing a winning team.

  1. Give them help when they need it

Managers should not be out of sight and out of mind because they are remote. They must be present to assist their team members in the event of a problem. Be that trusted individual to whom members can turn for solutions. Managers listen, understand, and help members find workable and agreeable solutions. If something bothers the employees or they are feeling ill, they recognize the signs and respond by lending a helping hand.

  1. Invest in the right remote work management tools

When everything is brought under one roof, a remote team working culture will flourish. To plan tasks, projects, and even people, is possible with the implementation of appropriate remote team management software. Such software enables seamless communication, tracking of work in progress, sharing of information, facilitating discussions, and interacting across time zones.

As a final thought, it may be easier to learn about someone who sits next to you all day. You work together, spend hours together, and get to know their professional and personal strengths and weaknesses, as well as their personality traits. Instead, when working with remote teams, managers must be subtle to foster great working relationships and achieve peak performance. Ensure that discussions are held to learn about personality and individual working styles. This will help to create a positive culture and a pleasant working environment within the organization.

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