With remote and hybrid work becoming more prominent moving forward, it helps to have standards surrounding it. Below are 5 best practices for leaders working remotely.
- Encourage face time with team members, be it in person, video calls, or phone calls. It’s important for the leader to connect with his/her team and stay connected on a regular basis. This is even more important when the leader doesn’t have a physical presence at their workplace (such as with remote workers).
- Empower your team to take ownership of their work and set individual goals to achieve those outcomes. When leaders aren’t available on a daily basis but still want to keep an eye out for their team’s progress, this is a great way for them to do so while still giving their employees freedom.
- Set clear expectations about who should be available when and how often they need to be available during working hours (or away from work). There are many times where you will have specific people who need to bounce information off of you or need directions on what they should do next with certain projects, so it helps if they know exactly when that time is and how long each session will last. Otherwise, people will try your call or email throughout the day and there can be an increased amount of stress associated with meetings that may not lead to much output in the end. Again, it goes back to setting clear expectations up front so that everyone knows what others expect of them both while at work and in these individual meeting times.
- Don’t focus too much on “face-to-face” communication via video conference or other means. People tend to get distracted by others around them during these meetings which can result in decreased productivity (it might even contribute to poor project management). While connecting on a personal level is always good for building relationships within your organization, make sure you are getting actual work done during these interactions as well (in all settings). It’s also important to mention that remote workers are less likely than office-based workers to expect face-to-face interaction (Wright et al., 2015), which means that this type of communication might not come naturally for some of your remote workers if you don’t practice it regularly first with them before implementing it into your workflow!
- Set up a schedule with your team to manage remote workflows and expectations surrounding it. This is an important aspect to getting the most out of your remote workers, as it allows you to ensure that there is not too much build-up of work for one person or that no one is left behind on a project. This should be developed by everyone involved, including yourself, which will allow everyone to understand what is expected from themselves, their colleagues, and their manager.
Conclusion: Working Remotely Is Becoming More Commonplace
People are working remotely more and more each day. There are many benefits associated with remote work and it’s becoming more common place in the working world today. However, not every employee or leader can handle this type of environment successfully and they may need guidance along the way. In order for these teams to be successful moving forward, leaders such as yourself must learn how to manage them effectively. These 5 tips should help you get started on managing your team if they are going to be working remotely!