While much of leading a team is the same regardless of whether you’re co-located or geographically disbursed, leading from a distance can feel significantly harder. Even after 18+ months of working remotely, we still haven’t figured out how to optimize our virtual teamwork.
This episode tackles the critical elements that managers need to focus on when managing remotely.
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- The secret ingredient to successful remote teams is trust.
- Trust is made up of familiarity, reliability, and communication.
- Because we can’t connect easily in organic ways, we need to actively pursue ways to connect virtually on a casual, personal level.
- Remote work means less physical oversight and collaboration. Set clear expectations, deadlines, check ins, and goals.
- Because all of your team’s communication happens through technology, it’s even more important to make communication clear and simple. Discuss how and when to use each communication tool.
- Meetings are an essential communication tool to both build relationships and get work done.
- If you don’t build a virtual culture, a default culture will happen.
- Culture is what we celebrate. Give credit to teammates who are reinforcing the team’s norms and expectations.
- Consider how to celebrate and include the diverse values and ideas that each team member brings to the table.