More and more workers are moving from the office to their home offices to work. With the ability and the technology to work from almost anywhere on the globe, remote working teams are a reality of many managers. What are the best ways to ensure that your team is being productive while working remotely?
Keep in Constant Communication
One of the most important aspects of a successful remote team is above average communication. Each and every member of the team must be willing to answer calls, respond to texts, emails and direct messages throughout the day, even when they may consider themselves off the clock. If a team member is going to be unavailable for whatever reason, they should send a message to the other team member alerting them to this fact.
Employ People You Trust
Remote work relies heavily on trust. There must be trust between the employee and employer that not only will the necessary work get done, it will be top quality and done on time. It’s crucial that each team member meets their planned deadlines, and does so with quality work that needs few, if any, touch ups. If you find yourself feeling nervous about a team member’s inability to get work done while working remotely, this is a huge red flag.
Schedule Regular Check Ins
When managing a remote team, it is imperative that regular check ins are scheduled. These can come in the form of a conference call set for a specific day of the week, or more informally. Be sure to schedule individual check ins as well as whole team meetings. Conference calls create a layer of accountability, because nobody wants to appear unprepared in front of the entire team.
Measure the Right Thing
When managing a remote team, measuring productivity is a little more complicated than simply taking attendance. Clocking in and out on time is most likely not the best indicator of productivity in this situation. You want to measure production instead. There are plenty of employee monitoring software options that capture data about online activity and assist in productivity analysis.
By maintaining communication, employing people you trust and scheduling regular check ins, as a manager, you can have a better grasp on the productivity level of your remote team.