Work Remotely

Leading remote teams during a crisis like the COVID-19 can get stressful very fast. Working from home requires planning, flexibility, and a positive attitude to enhance productivity.

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Work Remotely: Ways to Lead Your Remote Team from a Distance

When you work remotely you encounter many challenges and uncertainty. Leading remote teams during a crisis like the COVID-19 can get stressful very fast. Working remote requires planning, flexibility, and a positive attitude to enhance productivity. Don’t fear challenges! If tackled early, challenges can strengthen relationships and improve outcomes. We took the time and identified ways you can lead your remote team being efficient.

1. Plan and Organize.

Planning and organization is more important than ever. Even if you have excellent organization and planning skills, when you work remotely you have to dial up these skills to the next level. Usually when a business transitions into work from home, you have the necessary time to plan for it. With how events unfold these days, there is not much time to plan for the situation. Review the project list with your manager and then decide on the list of assignments for your team. Plan for frequent check-in times with your team at an individual and collective level. Prepare and send frequent communications to your team. Include expectations and goals for the time spent working from home. Include information about failure to deliver outcomes. Everyone should be responsible for their work and pull their weight.

2. Make Resources Available.

Does your team have all the necessary resources to work from home? For example: WiFi, computers, software, mobile devices, and more. Create a checklist of resources necessary for your team to do their work remotely. Meet with each team member and get a better understanding of the necessary resources. It is your role as a manager to make sure that your people can complete their project while working from home.

3. Provide Valuable Feedback.

Communication with your team is more important than ever. It takes more than frequent check-ins. Add feedback on top of the basic communication. Take the time to provide feedback to your team. Working from home can feel unstructured for some and can impact them in a negative way. Keep showering your team with feedback. Show them that their work counts. Give them praise or help them understand how they can improve or better their work. Keep the communication clear and the feedback to the point.

4. Be Flexible and Open to New Challenges.

As a team manager all you can wish for is your team to be as productive as possible. While working from home, you have to be aware that interruptions may arise. Your team might encounter technical difficulties or personal interruption. For example, they can’t control whether the internet has the right speed or not. Also, there can be personal interruptions, such as a sick spouse or loud kid. That’s why it is important to be flexible and embrace challenges as they arise. Forget about micromanaging your team. It will bring more pressure to the situation, rather than reduce it.

5. Embrace Technology.

Social distancing doesn’t mean that you have to stop any kind of social interaction. You can do it via video calls. More than half of the communication is nonverbal. Many times we misinterpret certain information due to the lack of visuals. Take advantage of platforms, such as Skype, Zoom, or Google Hangouts to lead your meetings. Also, consider apps that allow you to enhance productivity among your team members. Having access to files, information, and more will allow a better communication. Check out a few apps that can make your and team’s life easier when trying to complete projects on time.

Work Remotely - Leading Your Remote Team