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December 2020 3 minutes

How to successfully manage remote teams

What actions can you take in order to set up your remote team for success?

Even before the current world situation, many people were opting for remote work as a way to have a more flexible work location, cut down commute times, and stay more productive. For managers that are not used to having distributed teams, and who have always worked with in-house employees, several questions arose on how to properly manage a remote team. In this article, we will be giving you an overview of the steps you can take to guarantee the successful management of remote employees.

Track and measure your team’s results

When it comes to tracking the evolution of your remote employees’ work, the best option to measure productivity is actually to confirm if the deadlines are being met and results are being delivered, rather than taking a micromanaging approach. Regular one-to-one meetings will give you the possibility to check in on the current development of their work, as well as setting up the opportunity to give and receive feedback.

Flexibility will make everyone happy

The moment you begin working with distributed teams you will start facing the issue of handling different time zones, which becomes especially difficult for the team members that are not on the same schedule as the main office location. As your team grows, it is bound to happen that someone will be the disadvantaged one when it comes to awkward meeting times, so it is your duty to ensure flexibility in this matter. Try to offer different time slots for regular meetings so that your off-site employees don’t always take the burden of working during awkward times.

Set your expectations early on

Whether you have been working with distributed teams for a long time, or you have just now had to handle remote employees, one thing is clear: expectations need to be set for everyone. HR professionals and managers must ensure that their teams know what is expected of them, what deadlines they need to achieve, how often they should report with updates, as well as keep open channels for feedback. 

Gather feedback and act on it

Keep asking questions. Ensure that you know how your employees are feeling about working remotely, ask what you can do to support them, get their opinions on the tools they are using. Although you can use one-to-one meetings to try and gather feedback, or even team meetings to see how everyone is doing, sometimes more pressing issues take the center stage at these reunions, such as deadlines or fires that need to be put out. Due to that, it is important that managers take the time to actually meet with their team members with the sole purpose of checking how they are doing and what can be done to solve any issue they may have.

Would you like to learn more about managing remote employees?

You can read more information about the best practices of managing remote employees in our Guide on how to manage international teams remotely. If you still have any doubts, you can always schedule a free consultation with us, and we will be happy to help you.

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