COVID has removed many barriers to remote work. A survey showed that 7 out of 10 white-collar employees in the US are still working remotely one year after the pandemic. Many would prefer to work remotely or adopt a hybrid working model. They might consider changing jobs if forced to return to work full-time.
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Five Tips for Manage Remote Teams Productively
It is crucial to provide an exceptional employee experience that engages your workforce. In addition, you must provide the necessary support and guardrails for each employee.
Find ways to compensate for the remote distance effect on the workers.
Effective leadership is essential for long-term, remote or hybrid work. Managers can make up 70% of employee engagement. However, isolation can lead to a drop in performance of up to 20%. It is as easy as ensuring that your team meets more often. While a morning stand-up may be sufficient if you are all together, remote workers can quickly get out of sync. Including a second, brief stand-up in the afternoon can be helpful.
Even having in-person meetings/get-togethers once in a while does help to generate or maintain the bond among employees while still working mostly on a day-to-day basis.
Be creative by using technology.
Today’s great leaders use technology to create the conditions for serendipitous interactions between colleagues online. You can keep spirits high with new engagement hacks such as virtual water coolers, camera filters to create virtual party hats, and randomly selecting lunch buddies. They can promote inclusion, especially for younger or less experienced team members.
Kudos channels, digital awards, certificates, and certificates are great ways of celebrating wins and recognizing good work. For those times when the calendars aren’t aligned across geographical boundaries, you can explore video messaging and other tools to offer a personal way of communicating.
Create and Share a compelling remote working vision
Many companies have not communicated to employees a vision for work after a pandemic. Employees can feel anxious and stressed out if they don’t have a clear vision of the future. Create a hybrid/remote work plan with guidance and troubleshooting for future company strategy. Don’t assume you know everything. You can’t let it happen, or you will have a poor employee experience.
Remote employees can be humanized in different ways.
It can be exhausting to spend hours staring at a computer screen at home. Managers can increase energy levels by adding a little fun to the workday. What about stretching the team during the daily stand-ups? To kick-off meetings, you could also introduce potential interruptions, such as children, pets, and partners.
Employees can also be encouraged to unplug at the end of each work week. This will help them know when to focus on their interests outside of work. You can even incorporate gaming into your remote workforce.
The office is a new collaboration and teaming workshop location.
We learned from the great work done at home over the past year that workers don’t always need to travel to work. Forward-thinking leaders will see this as an opportunity for employees to grow and develop their culture. It might mean reimagining office spaces as places for greater collaboration where workers can freely collaborate, learn, socialize and grow.
Another proven strategy is to provide catering for chance interactions. If it is time to welcome people back to work, look at our overview of safe working practices.
Since the pandemic outbreak, we have been working with customers to help them navigate remote workforce solutions. This includes how to hire new employees remotely. Hope these tips will help you Remote Teams Productively. Let me know your thoughts.
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