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How to Manage a Remote Team

The workplace is changing.

The water cooler is now a Slack channel. The conference room whiteboard is now filled with video chat.

You get the point.

Over 70% of white-collar professionals work remote at least once a week. Despite the upsides of having remote teams, managing them and maintaining the same level of collaboration as you see with a traditional office can be a job in and of itself.

So, here are some helpful tips on how to get the most out of a remote team. 

  1. Respect office hours: Remote workers have reported that their number one struggle with being a remote worker is the inability to unplug after work. To keep your team productive and happy, set clear expectations on work hours. 
  2. Meet face-to-face: Words often get lost in translation when communicating online. A simple way to avoid this is to communicate through video on a regular basis. Video can help you properly convey tone, build relationships with your team, and help you read their emotions better.
  3. Give them room to breathe: It’s tempting to micro-manage a remote team. Pro tip: don’t. Trust your hiring process and let your team do what they’re paid to do.
  4. Invest in the right tools: Staying organized is key. Don’t skimp on tools that’ll keep your team organized and focused. Example; Trello for project management, Zoom for video calls, and Google Drive for managing files.
  5. Get together: Getting your team to meet in person can go a long way towards making them feel like an actual team. Consider an annual retreat where your team can actually spend time together.

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