Three Ways to Successfully Manage Your Remote Team

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If you’re a regular visitor to Let’s Do Video, you might already know that we’re a fully remote team, meaning employees work from home offices all around the country. We’re not alone. More and more companies are allowing their employees to telecommute at least part of the time.

At a recent Global Leadership Summit in London, business leaders were surveyed about the possibility of having a remote team. Of those surveyed, 34% said more than half their company’s full-time workforce would be remote employees by the year 2020.

The way we work is changing, and our leaders need to find methods to successfully manage this remote workforce. So, what are some of the best approaches to manage a remote team?

1. Regular Communication is a Must
A short daily meeting (15-30 minutes) over video is ideal to let remote employees know what everyone is working on, any issues that have come up, and how they can best help each other. Many people apply an agile scrum methodology to this, but any kind of short meeting with your team that boosts communication gets the job done.

Additionally, staying in contact during the entire work day via persistent team messaging or videoconferencing helps when you need to ask a quick question or work on a project together.

2. Let Your Management Style Evolve
In a traditional office environment, many of today’s managers are used to overseeing an employee’s daily activities while working on a project. In a remote team, managers probably won’t see much of the work that goes into a project, but instead view certain benchmarks and the end result.

While it’s still important to regularly communicate with employees and get status updates on projects, managers of remote employees should focus more on outcomes, not daily activities.

3. Build Rapport and Relationships
It’s important for remote employees to still feel like a part of the company culture. If possible, encourage them to attend in-person company events, such as an annual holiday party, happy hours, etc.

If doing any sort of an in-person event isn’t possible, try hosting a virtual one over video, such as team building exercises or a company-sponsored lunch hour.

Building rapport with fellow employees makes for better work relationships, increased productivity, and higher morale.

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