The pandemic forced many businesses to shift to hybrid or fully remote teams. The transition was challenging for some companies, and many managers are still learning and adapting to managing their remote teams.
If you are still learning to manage your remote workers effectively, here are 5 effective strategies for managing remote teams.
Trust your Remote Teams
Nothing brings out the best in an employee like managerial trust. Trusting your employees to self-manage themselves to complete tasks and accomplish goals increases their trust in you as a manager. They become more confident, more productive, and more capable. Limit yourself to quick morning meetings and check in on progress only when necessary.
Host Daily Meetings
Tracking your team’s progress may be complicated when your team is remote, but it is not impossible. Beginning each day with project-oriented meetings ensures you are all on the same page professionally. Daily meetings allow your remote employees to manage their own time. They also allow you to give them your full attention once a day while avoiding micromanaging.
Regarding communication, work-related communication is only part of the equation. Employees need to know that you are not only invested in their work results but also in them as a person. Take moments to reach out to employees, especially ones you don’t usually speak to. Be empathetic, and never let your employees forget that you see them as people first. This should be a daily exercise in building communication and company culture.
Provide Time and Space for Building Connections
It’s also important to note that improving company culture means encouraging employees to build connections with each other. The best way to do that is to provide time and space for employees to build those connections. This may seem difficult with a hybrid or remote team, but many virtual opportunities are available to bring people together. Team members can come together for games, a virtual happy hour, or other online team-building activities.
Lead with Empathy
Psychological safety is a vital element to create for your team, especially for hybrid and remote teams. You can do this through all of the ways listed above and more. Create a shared purpose for your team members, ask for their perspectives on projects and new hires, and create opportunities for bonding. Then sit back and watch as their confidence and productivity soar.
Managing your remote or hybrid team doesn’t have to be complicated. Keep the strategies above in mind and you’ll be well on your way to effectively keeping your teams aligned and productive.