For many start-ups and modern businesses the only way to effectively operate is by having a remote team, either with no physical headquarters or one office setting with multiple staff members spread over different locations. Whether this utilises freelance individuals, or on-staff members based around the country (or the world), it can be a juggling act for management and a real struggle to monitor progress and keep up team morale.
How can you get the best out of your workers and keep them improving when you don’t see them physically from one day to the next?
Have a Good Project Management Tool in Place
Daily duties have to be performed correctly and there has to be a place where you can communicate with your staff, and for them to communicate with colleagues. Skype, Slack or Trello just to name a few, are good places to hold meetings, whether text, voice or video, and for projects to be discussed in places where all parties can view and communicate throughout the day.
Maintain Regular Meetings
This is vitally important when having a remote team. Firstly, regular meetings, however you choose to perform them, are important to stay on top of the overview of projects that are being worked on. It also ensures that your staff members feel valued and not forgotten about. It can be easy for individual remote workers to feel isolated if they have no direct line of communication with their workplace.
A Different Take on Performance Reviews
In a physical working environment, or remotely, no one enjoys the dreaded performance review that is often performed one-on-one between a staff member and their direct manager. One way to help improve performance in a remote team is to take a slightly different approach to this. Make the performance reviews a group setting where the positives are accentuated. So a small team that are working together can discuss the positive attributes of each member of the team, what they have all achieved together on a particular project and which aspects have been challenging. This way, temp and attitude can remain upbeat and positive, with good habits and good communication reinforced at all times from management down.
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