Don’t Get Stuck with Remote Teams
What is REMOTE WORK?
Remote work refers to a job that is done outside of the office. It is sometimes called telecommuting or teleworking. Many people refer to it as “working from home.”
There are various types of remote work. Some people are allowed to work remotely for a day or two each week. Others are allowed to be away as often as they’d like.
COMMON CHALLENGES OF MANAGING A REMOTE TEAM
- SCHEDULING DIFFICULTIES
Working with a remote team offers an increase in productivity by 10 times, but only when you overcome all the inefficiencies associated with your virtual assistants. For example: Scheduling your remote workers according to their different time zones
- While arranging a meeting for teams, make sure Time is feasible for most of the members. Yes, It can be not possible always to gather all members at the same time. Just record the meeting for those you can’t attend it live.
- Always gather feedback via email, so that every member gets an opportunity to speak out their problem.
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- COMMUNICATION PROBLEM
When communication fails among your team, then a lot of problems arise & a drop in your productivity level. While managing remote hires, Poor communication works as a stumbling block always.
In every company, prioritizing effective communication is the cornerstone of every successful team.
- Automate business processes with technology. For improving the better relationship between remote employees use technological advancement
- For communication: Use live chat or Instant messaging, to make two-way communication stronger between teams.
- For Projects: Use Project Management Tool to easily distribute work among members. Set a deadline for each work and get daily customized reporting with complete details.
2. Keep these channels open, and consistently monitor them throughout the day. If an employee has a problem, idea, or thought that needs to be shared, you should be as responsive and available to a remote employee as any on-site worker.
- LANGUAGE BARRIER
Dealing with employees having cultural and language differences is one of the harder tasks. How your teams interact with each other will decide your team’s success.
- To reduce cultural-related misunderstandings, allow remote employees to share details about their cultures and geographic regions. And it strengthens bonds among team members
- Always vigilant to learn cultural differences between you and your employees. The best way to learn? Just ask. Employees will appreciate your genuine interest and concern with making everyone on the team feel welcome, comfortable, and valued.
- Be clear about the project, deadlines, goals, and expectations.
Tips for facilitating Transparency in Remote Teams:
- Set a proper communication system among members.
- Write down working schedules, holidays, meeting and other ground rules of teams.
- Clear project roles and responsibilities among employees.
- Discuss with team members their specific goals in the project to keep everyone accountable.
- Track performance
- Solve Problems
- Better recruitment system.
How to know if remote work is right for you
By now you may be wondering, what exactly would I be getting into with remote work?
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For sure it is a wonderful way to live (more on this below). That being said, there are several lessons we’ve picked up in the past seven-plus years of building a remote company. We wrote a blog post with 40 of these lessons. Here are the top ten, and you can click through to the full article to read lots more:
- You’re going to be about 10 times more productive.
- Remote or some level of remote-flexible work is for (almost) everyone! It’s within reach for more companies than you might think
- If you’re thinking about experimenting with remote work at your company, try to make sure everyone feels equally part of the team and in the loop. It sucks to be a “second class citizen” just because you’re not in the office.
- It helps to create a morning and evening ritual to help define your days. It can be as simple as watering the plants or taking a walk.
- If you’ve hired people you trust (and if you haven’t, why not?), trust that they’re working.
- Most people already know whether remote work would work for them. If you think to yourself, “I can’t do that; I would just watch TV all day,” you’re probably right. Don’t try it.
- If you’re an introvert, fewer and fewer things will feel worth going out for.
- If you’re an extrovert, more and more things will feel worth going out for.
- Close your laptop and mean it at the end of the day. Work will always be there tomorrow.
- The “rules” only work if they work for you. A lot of people will tell you to get up and get dressed every day like you’re going to work. After Day Five or so, I was yoga pants and no makeup all the way. Find what works for you.
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