Managing remote employees can be challenging, and many business owners are trying to do so for the first time as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you find yourself responsible for leading virtual teams, there are unique strategies you should employ to get the most out of your team.
4 Tips for Leading Virtual Teams
- Define Your Measures: First, you need an effective way to measure what needs to get done and how productive your team is being. Are you concerned about the amount of hours worked or the amount of work being done? When leading virtual teams, it is critical that you define exactly what measures you are tracking and why they are important.
- Have Some Consistency: When leading virtual teams, it’s a great idea to allow a certain degree of flexibility. If one person works the best early in the morning but another doesn’t clock in until 10 but both get their work done, allowing those different hours can get maximum productivity and morale. Even though flexibility is a good idea, you should still have consistency with certain basics, like the number of hours that should be worked, a four-hour block when everyone should be working or a standard method of communication.
- Communicate Regularly: In-person teams have the ability to have many small, positive interactions over the course of a single workday. When leading virtual teams, these opportunities typically don’t happen organically. Make an effort to chat with your team members about things like how their family is doing or their hobbies. While these conversations are small, they can make a big difference.
- Use the Right Tools: Do you have virtual tools to match the ones you use in-person and provide a great professional environment? Whether you need a new training or you need to have your current employees virtually trained for the first time, Zenith Performance Solutions is here to assist you. We specialize in helping employees like yours learn in virtual spaces.
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