Tips to build a good remote working team

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The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed how organisations used to work, and experienced unparalleled challenges last year. Also, there have been changes in hiring, managing and training new employees.

Most of the companies are planning to continue with some form of remote work for their employees. However, there is an art to successful remote work and this can be challenging in many ways as building and managing can be a tough task too. Read the below tips that will help you make a great remote team:

Communication is the key

  • Communicate twice in a day, same as you would in an office environment. To do this, connect through a video calling/ online meeting whenever possible to add a more personal feel.
  • As a manager, your communication cycle with your juniors must be great – not just good and also consistent.
  • Divide all the tasks in such a way that your team members are engaged with one another.

Create a team working culture

  • While working remotely or working from home, employees won’t fully understand the direction of the company. It becomes important to make them understand, so that they can contribute to their full potential.
  • One’s team culture will be a key to drive success, so a team leader must make sure that this message gets communicated in the right manner.
  • Hire team mates that will enhance the work culture and add value to the whole organisation.

Trust your remote team

  • Building a great remote team is a slow and steady process and it will not happen overnight. So, as a manager, you must pour in your trust in the team as well as in the work you are doing and the process.
  • Always avoid misunderstandings to implement a transparent communication pattern among the team. Be extra careful because if not done right, online patterns don’t really give the chance to understand one another properly.

Establish Clear Guidelines & Expectations

Managers must set certain performance guidelines for a smooth workflow which is essential to optimise the team productivity and hold them accountable. Some of the examples are:

  • Work hours must be defined.
  • Specific times they should be online.
  • How often they should check in their emails.
  • Goals for teams must be communicated in a transparent manner.
  • Who should be the point of contact for certain projects/issues.
  • Which means of communication should be used under what circumstances.

Maintain Engagement with Your Team

Less engagement with your teammates can affect work quality, morale, and your bottom line. So, it is important to make an active effort to maintain engagement with your team.

  • Hold team meetings daily or weekly or monthly.
  • Have manager check-ins with individual employees.
  • Talk about deadlines, growth, and most importantly motivate your team.
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