5 Steps to Leading a Remote Team
You find yourself at home (hopefully not in your pajamas) managing a team spread over multiple time zones. Learn how to build an engaged online work culture while maintaining your sanity and that of your team members.
STRUCTURE YOUR DAY
Working with people across multiple time zones does not mean you have to be available 24/7. Work with a good time management system and protect your off-work time. Encourage each team member to do the same.
ORGANIZE YOUR COMMUNICATION
Make use of team communication tools to manage projects and information. Pick up the phone or video-call to resolve complicated issues and to bond with teammates.
MANAGE BY RESULT
Since you cannot oversee your employees at their desks, you must manage by result. Workers offer companies the most value through the results they deliver, rather than the time they spend on a task.
To establish trust, nurture a common purpose. Make sure your remote workers know that you’re paying close attention to them and their performance. Regularly recognize and publicly applaud the progress they are making.
Foster Team Spirit
It’s easy for employees to feel isolated and detached from the team when working from home. Encourage human connection by planning informal virtual meetings, such as virtual team lunches or reading clubs. Another option is to randomly pair team members to arrange chats among themselves, like “grabbing coffee.”