We’ve all heard way too many tips on how to successfully lead a remote team. Be tech-savvy, open-minded, keep learning, and stuff… Seriously, don’t we all know that already?
We’d argue that the majority of remote workers have the common sense to conclude that for themselves. If they don’t, they’re not serious about remote work.
In that light, let us rather discuss the types of people who are just perfect for a remote team. People who can make difference, promote growth, and make the virtual workspace a truly enjoyable place to be.
1. Team Leaders Who Will Engage
Okay, so first things first. If you haven’t been privy to at least one managers vs. leaders debate, then we applaud your evasion skills.
With the rapid developments, agile methodologies and all sorts of innovation trends, a new trend has emerged: that of grooming leaders (as opposed to traditional managers).
No, grooming is the right word given that being a leader doesn’t require any specific education. What it does require, however, is open-mindedness and engagement ideas that can inspire others without pressuring them.
Leaders are easy to spot. They are enthusiastic and capable of presenting the most complex of ideas in a way that anyone would easily grasp. They help their teams grow, engage and voice their ideas. In short, they underline qualities in people rather than nagging them about their flaws.
This quality is hard to come by; such people should be backed up and allowed to develop their own ideas and plans. Look for the right mindset in your next hires, and you’ll never come to regret it!
2. Stellar Communicators
The next tip we’re all too familiar with is — communication rules supreme when it comes to remote work. That’s quite right, but you’ll rarely see people offering concrete ideas that go beyond “choose the right tech” and “provide proper training for your team members.”
In fact, there are communicators and communicators. Not everyone who can talk endlessly is considered a good communicator (rather the contrary!). What you should pay particular attention to is — asynchronous communication.
So, what is it?
Simply put, asynchronous communication implies that the receiver of the message (an email, for example) doesn’t reply immediately. Instant repliers are synchronous communicators; the same goes for communication during a meeting.
Why is asynchronous communication important?
For one thing, it allows employees to be more productive and less stressed out. Aren’t we all too familiar with email notifications disrupting the workflow?
3. High-Quality Content Writers
Content writers are an irreplaceable addition to any team. No matter how demanding your SEO strategy is and no matter how many quality content writers you’re employing, these people will always drive progress.
For one thing, a well-devised content calendar will allow these people the freedom to arrange their tasks as they see fit as long as they meet deadlines, and for another – they never disrupt the overall workflow due to the nature of their work. If anything, they cherish the distraction-free environment that won’t disturb their thought processes and they extend the same courtesy in return.
4. Innovative SEO and Link Builders
Right next to quality content writers are SEO and link builders. With their joined efforts, your SEO strategy can boost the overall business operations. Also, these three callings are just perfect for remote work. In fact, forcing your SEO team to commute all the way to the office is plain mistreatment.
SEO and link builders monitor your SEO performance and polish the strategy so that your brand’s visibility will keep increasing, attracting more clients and customers in the long run.
5. Stellar HR Team
HR personnel are extremely important regardless of the type of business you run, and even more so if you’re managing a large remote team.
Not only do HR people listen to employee feedback, but they also contribute to a happier workspace by promoting various activities in accordance with employees’ affinities (not to mention deal with a myriad of small things leaders simply don’t have enough time to be bothered about).
Anything from a late payment to scheduling a break to celebrating personal events falls under the jurisdiction of the HR team.
In order for a remote team to operate smoothly, with each and every participant being happy, you’ll need to build a steady communication flow and gather the right people for any occurrence.
Everyone from the part-time and on-demand employees to full-time (and overtime) employees matters. Remote teams are families in small; groups of people coming together to make their shared vision come true and help one another achieve personal goals.
It falls upon the leader to align those goals with the company’s vision and values. To do that, the leader absolutely needs to know their team and take into account all individual traits. Only in that way can remote work be successful and enjoyable for all.