Sweating About Managing Remote Teams? This can help!

A well-structured, well-functioning, competent HR department in any company can easily make your business rise to the peak and thrive in the market. With happy employees, high productivity, the flexibility of working, and your company’s profitability will never go down.

But the job of an HR manager never ends. Payroll, administration, training, compliance, safety, relations AND Recruitment, they seldom rest.

And their responsibilities are only getting more crucial by the day as they now have to onboard and manage remote teams as well.

Yes. While it’s an established practice for the HR department to administer teams working in the same office as you and a whole different story when you have to conduct multiple teams settled in different geographies.

However, we have some useful tips for you to get a headstart. Read on.

Established Communication

It is comparatively easy to hold communications regarding the employees’ expectations and reviews when you are bumping into them walking around the office but the pretty difficult to maintain the same level of divulgence when your teams are sitting in different corners of the world. In such cases, keeping in mind the time-difference and responsibilities become crucial for employee satisfaction.

The best way to approach this situation is via pre-decided and shared meeting calendar with everyone. These meetings should be formal and address a specific list of issues that are important for better working.

Moreover, for SOS cases, you can even opt for chat softwares where your remote employees can reach you at the time of need and vice versa.

Also read: The Challenges of Creating a Strong and Positive Company Culture in a Remote Workforce

Established Expectations

More than a few remote working setups fail in big and small companies because of vaguely set expectations and the absence of standard processes. This is why setting clear work expectations from newly recruited employees are crucial for smooth process flow.

In the end, documenting everything will help and there will not be any room for ‘perceived’ job responsibility, daily targets and tasks, and the quality of work.

For doing this, you can take into account the employees’ suggestions as well as those of the management and team leaders.

Established Technology

While living amidst the plethora of people-centric modern technology, you should make full use of it. There are softwares for literally every need of the workers, such as

  • Work Management software for managing teams and tasks like Trello.
  • Collaborative working softwares meant for remote teams like Virtual Whiteboards.
  • Secure data sharing platforms like Dropbox and Google Drive
  • Organised team communication softwares like Flock.
  • Learning Management Systems for effective training.

And the list never ends. Out of all the available software, you must do the research to select the best fitting mix for your teams and implement them for everyone’s benefit. With compatible softwares in place, the organisation of work among different teams will be smooth and without chaos.

Also read: 5 Ways Checklists Help Remote Teams Thrive

Established participation

While managing a remote team, it is crucial to keep them in the loop for all the important events and communications.

To understand the importance of this simply, consider the case of a regular employee on-boarding. New people, when they join a company, are oriented as per the vision and mission of that company. His is done for boosting their intrinsic motivation by aligning their personal goals with the company goals.

Similarly, this is a very important step to be performed with the remote employees as well to ensure their unwavering participation in the company activities and policies.

So always remember to find ways to fully engage your remote workers on a regular basis so that they feel like an indispensable part of the organisation. And With the help of these tips, team management skills can extend to remote teams very smoothly and effectively.

2019-04-01T11:02:23+00:00 By |Company culture|

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