There are many benefits to having remote teams. Remote workers are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs. They are often saving money on commuting, tolls, and lunch. They have a greater work-life balance and flexibility in their schedule, creating a sense of happiness. Happy employees boost efficiency and overall company morale.
It is important, however, to keep remote workers focused and productive.
Building a productive team can seem difficult at times. Trying to achieve the same goals when everyone is in a different location, can certainly present challenges.
What’s the best way to keep on top of your remote teams for optimal performance?
Here are some tips to build a productive remote team.
Have A Strong Communication Structure
Having strong communication in place is key for any successful team. There are a variety of project management and communication tools available that will allow you to check in with employees and chat in real time.
Although there are several platforms like email, phone calls, video calls, and other means of communication, it’s important not to make your employees feel micromanaged. Even more so, you don’t want your employees distracted by constant messaging that it impedes their productivity.
Try simplifying your communication methods by establishing guidelines, such as:
- Urgent communication should be done via a messenger platform
- Anything that doesn’t need immediate attention should be done via email
- Video calls and check ins should be scheduled at specific times
This will set expectations and help your employees structure their day accordingly.
Foster Employee Relationships
Although there are many positives to working remotely, employees do miss out on certain in-person interactions they would get within the office environment. There is no meeting around the water cooler to catch up with co-workers. This might be great for time management, but humans need interaction; we need connection.
Be sure to schedule one-on-one meetings with your employees. Check in with them on a personal level. How are they doing? What was something they did over the weekend?
These kinds of personal interactions can be highly motivating for remote teams. Making them feel a part of the fold and socially connected with their peers will make them less likely to feel isolated.
Having scheduled team meetings for employees to be able to check in with one another is also important. Give each employee time to discuss what they are working on, the challenges they face, or just to brainstorm ideas. These are all important for building a strong company culture, even with remote employees.
Invest In Your Team
Great managers take the time to invest in, and continually train their employees. Learning is critical for personal and professional growth.
As businesses focus on resilience, work-life balance, and continuity, learning management plays an essential role in achieving long-term goals.
Investing in a learning management system to train your remote employees gives them the opportunity to take online courses on their own time without having to complete anything in person.
Building A Productive Team
Building a productive remote workforce takes strong communication, healthy employee relationships, and a commitment to invest in your team. While working from home has its perks, it can be a difficult transition for some. Isolation can leave an employee feeling disconnected from their job. These tips can help keep your team feeling focused, engaged, and excited to start the work day.