Remote managing: you can still be an effective manager at a distance- just learn these 5 tips on how to be a better manager even from far.
Remote managing is one of the main challenges when the topic becomes working from home. If managing your team on-site can be difficult, we can only imagine what’s like to keep your team united in these times on isolation. You may have a great group of people to keep an eye: they’re still dedicated, talented, and hard-working, but they’re all in different locations. So this became the new scenario for all managers: have to learn how to manage remote employees and to have them work as one.
So whether you’re trying to quickly adapt to remote management or settling into the long-term role, the basics need to be put in place to build reliable communication, performance, and employee growth. It might feel challenging at first, but it’s your job as a manager to help create a great place to work. Your team is already working from home and needs your full support.
Thankfully technology has come to our help to facilitate our jobs, so now you can set up the basics pretty quickly. To make even more simple, we gather all these 5 tips so you can nail the remote managing:
Whenever possible do a daily check-in, this should be a one-on-one and face-to-face meeting. Your team needs to see you, and you need to see them, it helps to regularly communicate with your team. One of the hardest things about working from home, especially if you’re used to an office environment, is the sense of loneliness and isolation that can set in.
Take Advantage of Technology
As a manager, your job is to keep your team connected. Communication tools are a simple way to keep everyone engaged. While email and text messages might be a short-term solution, tools like Microsoft Teams are far better suited for collaboration and communication.
Help your team figure out what they should do, and create realistic expectations for their work. By the way, “managing expectations” applies to you as well. Set yourself and your team for success by clearly stating both the tasks and the reasons behind them, to help your team understand exactly how you will measure their success.
Focus on Outcomes, Not Activity
It’s not possible to manage every aspect of the work done by a remote team. For what it’s worth, you shouldn’t be trying to manage every aspect of your team’s work. Instead of focusing on activity or hours worked, focus on the outcomes they get and measure your team accordingly.
Understand that, especially in the current situation, your team has a lot going on. Regular work hours are also probably out for many people. Our best advice is to trust your team and give them the freedom and flexibility to get work done on the schedule that helps them be the most productive. That’s good for your team in the long run.
Obviously, all processes need to be adjusted accordingly. Follow our tips and adjust them to what works best for you and your team. Keep in mind that you probably will need to give some time to fall into place and realize the best way to learn the new way of managing your team.
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