Long gone are the days of passing by the water cooler and small-talking with your favorite colleague. Now, we’re taking lengthy walks to our own fridge and chit-chatting with our pets to pass the time.
If you’re managing a team during these unprecedented times, it’s important to stay in touch with them even if you’re all working remotely.
Majority Hunter has some tips to stay connected even when you’re far apart.
- Schedule weekly meetings via video chat. It’s a good idea to carve out some time for a team meeting at least once a week. That way everyone can check-in, discuss ideas, and update each other on any ongoing projects. Not only is this a good way for managers to keep tabs on their employees and make sure they are being productive at home, it’s an opportunity to socialize with somebody other than your cat!
- Communicate effectively and often. We all know that old saying, “Don’t let a good message get lost in poor delivery.” This is especially true when all communication is via email or text. That’s why it’s important to put some extra care in the way you’re coming across to your team and to be as thorough as possible. If all else fails, don’t be afraid to schedule one-on-one video chats or phone calls to clear the air in any situation.
- Set clear expectations. When you’re working remotely, one of the biggest challenges is not being able to pop into your employee’s office and make sure they’re staying on top of their to-do list. But what you can do is be very transparent about what you want done, how you want it done, and when you want it done. Make sure to give clear directions, set concrete deadlines, and have faith in your team to be able to fulfill their duties.
- Trust your team. Working remotely might give some managers that feeling of a lack of control over their team. But have no fear! If you hire great employees who care about the quality of their work, there shouldn’t be any issues with productivity. However, if you notice a bit of a slump, don’t be afraid to address it and set the record straight. Trust the abilities of your employees until somebody gives you a reason not to.
- Take advantage of coaching opportunities. If work is getting a little slow or if your team needs a little boost in morale after these long periods of self-isolation, consider having a team meeting that revolves around a workshop. Many people are using this period of downtime to hone in on their skills, so think of something that the whole team could improve on and make a coaching opportunity out of it.
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