The changes in work life that the UK currently faces, has forced many to adapt to a different way of working; leaving those without much experience scratching their heads as to how they go about it.
Managing a team in a work setting can come with it’s complications, but managing a team remotely can be an even bigger complication for many managers, especially if they’ve never done it before.
There are barriers that come with working remotely, but they can be overcome; thanks to technology.
Communication is a priority
The first step to maintaining your work culture (whatever that may be) is to keep communication alive. Technology has given us many ways in which we can still feel connected, even though we may not be physically. Whether this may be over the phone or web technologies, keep up to date with the progress and how your team is doing on a day-to-day basis.
If you prefer to conduct team meetings rather than one-to-one sessions, organising a virtual conference may be the best solution.
You may have a case where you have recently employed a new member to the team and you wish to conduct a formal introduction. It’s also important that they are set up the right way. Ensuring they have all of the documents, company essentials and tools to carry out their work is very important. Check in with them to see how they’re getting on.
Prioritising a location where all work is shared, viewed or edited is key to project development. A safe location where you can monitor the progress of your project development as well as adding any necessary feedback, will make it clear and easy for all involved.
Not everyone will be familiar with technologies tools, so it’s important to discuss how the tools work and why they’re being used. Don’t be afraid to try new tools. The best way to ensure everyone stays connected and productive is to find what works best for your team, and sometimes that requires trial and error.
Work-life balance is key to employees producing their best on a consistent basis. Reaching targets and achieving is equally important but that will not be able to be achieved if employees and employers are burnt out.
One of the benefits of working remotely is that employees do not have to endure long commutes to work, which can give them greater control over their lives. As a result of a comfortable employee, that can lead to more productivity, job satisfaction and loyalty. The current health fears have many wondering whether travelling on public transport at the moment, is safe enough; due to anxiety of becoming ill.
Even though workers will be operating from home, they still have working hours. Try not to contact employees after working hours. Even for an employer: set out time schedules. If you have to contact team members, organise a time with them and set it in a diary if possible. Respect their schedules.
As a manager, it is your job to make every member of your team feel connected. Your dedication enhancing team spirit and cohesiveness can increase team and individual morale as well as productivity.