Managing teams effectively can be challenging at the best of times, and now most of us are working from home, this task has been made even tougher. You might be a natural born leader who finds it easy to manage a team (or not), but it is nevertheless important to know how to adapt to the changes that lockdown has brought to the way companies are functioning.
We’ve put together some things to consider to help you effectively manage your workforce remotely.
Use effective communication tools
Knowing how to communicate easily between teams, and having the facilities to do so, is likely the most important part of effective home working at the moment. There are many online platforms that enable workforces to stay in contact with each other, such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams, and it is essential to utilise these well in order for your employees to easily access support when needed. Having an improper communication system can hinder productiveness, so be sure to provide adequate training on the tools and encourage virtual collaboration as much as possible.
Set your expectations
Working in separate locations and relying on technology for communication can make it harder to keep track of what your teams are doing and convey what needs to be achieved. Creating clear, realistic goals and discussing these with your teams each morning or at the beginning of the week will help keep everybody on track and ensure that each individual is aware of their responsibilities. Let them know how their progress will be monitored, but remember to be fair so as not to overwhelm anybody.
Maintain the office culture as much as possible
Typically, in the office environment, it is almost impossible to reach the end of a workday without having discussed weekend plans, the weather or family events. Whilst it’s important not to lose sight of deadlines and getting the work done, it is also important to remember to talk to your employees like human beings and engage with them on a more personal level. Now, more than ever, everybody is trying extra hard to keep morale up during these stressful, uncertain times. Taking some time each day to build employee relationships will be really beneficial in the long-run. Read more about creating a great remote working culture here.
Remember that everybody works differently
ome of your employees might thrive whilst working remotely if they are self-starters who prefer a quiet environment, but others may struggle with staying motivated or coping with more independence than they are used to. Therefore, it is important to check-in regularly with each employee to find out how they are coping with the change. Be sure to provide encouragement to those finding it difficult to manage their time, or set up a plan of action if necessary.
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