It’s 2016 and long gone are the days when a team all need to be in the same room to work efficiently and contribute towards the success of a business. In fact, it’s not unusual for colleagues to be dispersed across different buildings, cities, countries or even continents. Employees simply get on with this and find the best ways to communicate with and work alongside those who may not physically be in the same room.
On the other hand, you’ve got businesses who build their team almost exclusively from freelancers and remote workers for one of a number of reasons; from the ease of scaling a workforce either up or down to finding the very best person for a task, regardless of their geographical location. In fact, telecommuting, as it’s known, is thought to boost productivity, lead to higher efficiency and even result in lower stress levels.
As such, it’s no surprise that the number of businesses hiring remote workers is growing; as is the number of managers who are now comfortable heading out on the road to meet with clients and the like and managing the team from wherever they are that day.
The problem many face, however, is that managing a remote team can be very different to managing a team who are all in the same building and it can, in many cases, end up being a difficult transition. The approaches that work wonders for boosting morale and getting a team behind you when in an office environment are usually a lot less effective when applied to a remote setup and it’s usually the case that techniques need to evolve and change dependent upon the specifics of the situation.
Yes, remote employment can do wonders for a startup and allow even established businesses to bring in new talent without the traditional barriers; however, it requires a certain mindset from managers.
This infographic from SilverDoor does a fantastic job of outlining 10 ways to successfully manage a remote team and offers a wealth of guidance in areas you’ve probably never considered:
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