Jun 23, 2020
With a growing number of companies hiring remote employees and contractors, people from all around the world can now work together online. If you’re responsible for putting together and managing a remote team for your business, you might be wondering how your responsibilities will differ from managing a team in a physical workspace, and what you can do to support your team so that they produce great results.
These tips will help you find qualified remote workers, promote your company’s culture from a distance, and take advantage of great productivity tools so that your team can achieve their full potential and make your business a success.
1. Virtual Recruitment and Hiring
In order to find great remote team members, start by posting ads for open positions on online job boards. Harvard Business Review recommends keeping your job description as brief as possible without sacrificing relevant information. Keep it meaningful and concise, but include the details candidates will need to know, like your expectations and company information.
After connecting with qualified candidates, prepare to conduct virtual interviews. Double-check your technology and have questions prepared in advance. As you ask questions and listen to their answers, keep in mind that the best remote employees will be organized, flexible, and driven—in other words, you won’t need to micromanage them.
2. Promote Company Culture
If you and your team spent every workday together at a physical office, it would be easier for everyone to get a sense of the company culture. But in the absence of in-person gatherings, you can host virtual events to give everyone a chance to get to know each other better off the clock. It may be a good idea to host casual virtual events on a regular basis so that when new people join the team, they can learn more about their coworkers and form connections in an informal environment.
3. Company-Wide Communication
When your team is working from home, teamwork is the key to bringing out the best in every employee. You’ll need to go the extra mile to make everyone feel like they’re striving towards common goals together! If you want your business to thrive, emphasize good communication with your team from the start. In order to ensure that everyone on the team can touch base with each other throughout the day, email is crucial, but Unitonomy also recommends using a platform like Slack.
With Slack, you can create specific communication channels for different teams and projects. You can also establish a newsfeed where people can share important information that everyone in the company needs to read. Your team can use Slack on their laptops and smartphones, so even if a team member is on the go, they don’t have to fall out of the loop.
4. Encourage Productivity
Some of your team members may be new to remote work, and others may have to tune out distractions in their households. It’s important to provide your team with the support they need throughout the workday, and you can make sure your workers are staying productive with the right tools.
As an example, if your team relies on spreadsheets and Excel for much of its processes, you could hire an Excel developer to take things to the next level. These IT specialists can streamline the functionality of Excel, Visio and/or Access by incorporating user preferences into the software. They will look at routines and performance to enhance workflow by automating processes from behind the scenes—boosting productivity and efficiency, all in one fell swoop.
The growing popularity of remote work is changing the labor market. Managing a remote team can pose unique challenges, but soon enough, working with your team virtually will become second nature. You will be surprised at how much your team can achieve when everyone is working from home, and chances are, you won’t want to return to working in an office!
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Article provided by Curtis Fisher, Tradesbright