The world is adapting to the Coronavirus crisis, and business is leading the way. The standard working day has changed dramatically for many people, with working remotely being the new normal for many companies.
There are many challenges with working remotely, and managing a team effectively when colleagues are working individually is a significant issue. At Global Solution Services, we aim to provide you with relevant training and support, ensuring you perform well, and that your team can thrive during these difficult times. If you are looking to lead your team confidently and effectively, we have remote management tips for you.
Try to check in daily
In the initial phase of remote working, you want to ensure there is regular contact and communication. Find out what works best for you and your team. You can chat by phone, by live video conference, by email, on a one-to-one basis or even one-to-many or as a group. There is a range of apps and services such as Team Hangouts from Google or Zoom, which makes communicating easy and effective.
When you check-in, you should enquire about how work is progressing, and how people are doing. Working remotely is challenging, and not everyone takes to it straight away. These are challenging times, and many people feel under significant pressure. Make sure you communicate clearly while supporting your team.
Set goals and deadlines
It is vital to maintain a sense of normality with work, even if these are strange times. As a leader, you should set goals and deadlines, and you should remain in touch with your team on these goals. If people need help, be proactive and try to make arrangements which will help them better manage their workload.
However, you should be realistic
While it is good to have deadlines and goals, realise you may not be able to work as efficiently as you would do in the office. Working from home isn’t always easy, and there are other distractions. Also, people may have additional responsibilities.
Try to maintain a balance between work and other factors, and if you need to be flexible with goals and aims, do so.
Some quick points to remember when leading from home:
- Technology is there to help you and your team so use it to stay in touch
- Not everyone has the same confidence about technology, so offer help, and make it clear people should ask for support if they need it
- Be flexible with working hours and the process of work – people are under pressure and have a range of responsibilities, try to get the best from them
- Lead by example – show your team you are working in the same manner as them
Working remotely will likely feature prominently for many companies. You must prepare for these circumstances, as this will enhance your chances of success. If you would like more guidance and training on managing teams who are working remotely, please contact Global Solution Services today, and we will be happy to assist you to feel more confident how to manage your team, wherever they are working.