Part 4 of How to Successfully Manage Your Remote Team
Goal: Keep you and your employees connected in a meaningful way.
Lack of communication and the frequency of misinterpretation are perpetual sore subjects in most workplaces.
Add in distance and the challenges are only amplified.
Communicating well encompasses much more than the tools you use. It’s about how often you use them, what you say, and how you say it.
Here’s how to be deliberate in communicating with the troops.
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Part 3 of How to Successfully Manage Your Remote Team
Goal: Find the tools that fit both the job and the people who use them.
When it comes to technology, there’s only one clear-cut prescriptive: Let the work dictate the tool. Don’t invest in the latest whiz-bang technology and then try to figure out how it will be useful. A telephone, email, instant messaging, company intranet, and a broadband connection are a minimum starting point. You can add collaboration software later and unify your communications if the investment seems worthwhile.
Guidelines for making the most of your existing equipment:
Be Tech Savvy.
Beyond the platforms and software your company uses, you need to get ahead of the curve, continually researching the newest tools for efficiency and collaboration — often just to keep up with what your savvier team members are already using.
Maybe they use IM all day long and you prefer the phone. Yes, as the manager you call the shots — but ask yourself what will make your people most satisfied and productive. Maybe it’s time you started using IM, too!
Ask your peers what they like and what they don’t. Don’t be afraid to go online to test drive some tools, like Microsoft’s SharePoint collaboration software.
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Part 2 of How to Successfully Manage Your Remote Team
Goal: Build a team that can work well at a distance.
“People who like to quit at 5 p.m. aren’t the people who work well remotely,” says Michelle LaBrosse, CEO of Cheetah Learning, a project-management training company based in Carson City, Nevada.
A remote team depends on people who can be productive without a boss roaming the hallways or a trusted co-worker sitting nearby. Team members must be motivated, disciplined, and flexible with their time, allowing them to connect with clients or co-workers in different time zones.
They also need to communicate clearly in writing (since e-mail and instant messaging are the new standard for daily communication) and should be willing to suggest ideas, ask for and offer help, make decisions, and collaborate.
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Part 1 of How to Successfully Manage Your Remote Team
Goal: Make sure you’re up for the task of remote management.
Managers who successfully run remote teams share several traits.
They work a lot, they travel — some more than half the time — and they thrive on their work and the culture they created.
“Remote managers need more energy, because a lot of what you have to do is transfer that energy to your team,” says Juliana Slye, who manages remote employees as Director of the Government Division at software maker Autodesk, based in San Rafael, California.
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Thanks to technology and globalization, more and more business teams are working together across state lines and international boundaries.
Many corporations employ dispersed teams, where a manager in New York may communicate daily with colleagues in Boston, Los Angeles, and Singapore.
But even with an array of new Web-based collaboration tools at their disposal, most team leaders find managing remote teams extremely challenging.
The first challenge remote managers face is that their team may be dispersed over many time zones, requiring a healthy travel budget and the flexibility to schedule conference calls or online meetings at odd hours in order to accommodate everyone on the team.
Another challenge is the indisputable fact that not everyone possesses the self-discipline and drive to maintain morale, camaraderie and accountability while working independently.
In addition, many remote employees find it difficult to maintain consistency in communication and work flow.
Finally, the usual day-to-day “chit chat” and small talk that gets such a bad rap–but actually helps build relationships–is markedly missing on many remote teams, unless they make a concerted effort to build it into the work routine.
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