Managing Remote Teams
In March of 2020, the world experienced a series of unfortunate events. The announcement of the extremely contagious and rather dominate illness that we now know as covid completely shifted our lives. It turned our world upside down and without hesitation, we had to accept this new way of living.
Welcoming in a new way of life
As the pandemic continued both hybrid teams and remote work found a secure place in many of our lives, shortly becoming the new normal. Inevitably, this put pressure on just about every leader within a diversity of industries. Furthermore, it forced leaders to behave abnormally, in ways that were rather uncomfortable and unfamiliar. It was soon recognized how strenuous their job was as they were constantly helping their employees and businesses adapt to changes while keeping the peace amidst the uncertainty from day to day.
With the new normal here to stay, here are some tips for owners and hiring managers to help keep high levels of productivity and efficiency in the workplace.
Prepare your employees for their new normal
To start, prepare your employees for any type of work environment that they’ll be performing in. During the hiring process, simply tell recruits what type of setting your workplace provides, whether that involves around being a hybrid team or if it’s strictly remote. Furthermore, screening potential employees for the necessary skills needed to work in a remote and hybrid environment may be essential for gaining the right prospect for your company. Encourage flexibility, productivity, efficiency, integrity, responsibility and trustworthiness in all employees. These are the types of characteristics you want to encourage within any employee, especially when it comes to having a successful hybrid team and or a remote lifestyle.
Time management and goals
If you’re managing a hybrid or remote team make sure to be clear and precise when it comes to time management, it’s always helpful to suggest any necessary advice or tips while doing so. More importantly, vocalize your goals and overall intentions with the company. Whether this is something you discuss quarterly or even annually, having an end goal in mind and further planning the necessary steps to get there will help both teams strive for success.
To keep the team’s motivation and productivity levels high, try offering result-based incentive plans, this will help keep them on their toes. Additionally, don’t forget to give your team the necessary updates, especially if anything has changed on your end, communication is key.