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A Guide to Managing Remote Teams

A Remote Team refers to a group that coordinates and works to serve a purpose. They tend to be geographically dispersed.

Four Things that Remote Leaders do differently:

COMMUNICATION:

How people converse with each other inside a Team, writing synchronously makes a difference between managing a team remotely when compared with managing them in-person. Successful remote managers understood this and are diligent about writing clearly, precisely – to communicate with their team on a daily basis.

•“Trust your Employees”- APPROACH

A leader should trust and believe his employees. It’s important equally to give a personal space for the employees and believe them that it won’t affect the Company results.

Get intentional about social connection:

A study shows that individuals who had 15 minutes to socialize with colleagues had a 20% increase in performance over their peers who didn’t. Furthermore, studies have shown the positive impact that social relationships have on life expectancy.

Have the hard conversations, quickly:

Finding a way to have the hard talks as quick as possible is crucial in remote teams.

HOW TO COMMUNICATE WELL AS A REMOTE MANAGER:

How well people keep up talks within a team makes a big difference. Actively responding to messages, values, and vision-oriented communication, delivering hard news everything falls under this.

Write, write, write:

Sharing your experiences, strategies around marketing by writing, new product concepts is a great way of communicating with your team.

Prioritize a process:

Prioritize which mails and messages are to be checked and responded to quickly. Reply quick to those that need immediate answers and allot time to check bulk messages and threaded mails.

Default to over-communication:

If you don’t say or explicitly communicate something as a remote manager, your team has absolutely no idea what you’re thinking. Thus communicating your company’s values in a remote team.

Qualities expected in a Remote Employee:

a)Empathy b)Good writing skills c)Prior work experience

Getting yourself changed to a Remote Leader

*Get committed to the work you do. Don’t perform your job for a namesake.

*Communicate more and gather information as much as possible.

*Schedule a good training and Onboarding experience for Junior Employees.

*Focus on building trust with the team.

*Be ready to adjust and adapt to the situation in the team

*Coach and guide your team on times of avoiding pitfalls

*Be transparent and proactive in your approach

Getting into the good books of the Manager and coordinating well within teams is mandatory. Be it a team within an Organization or handling Nuclear teams, it is important to have good communication and trustworthiness within the Teams. Managing Remote teams thus becomes a hectic schedule if not correctly managed but a smooth handling issue if properly handled.

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