Today’s workforce is ever-changing. Whether it be new corporate cultures, the addition of flashy work-perks, or the composition of one’s team — a lot has changed since the stereotypical office-cubical workspace. As work/life balance becomes increasingly crucial to generate efficient and effective work, more and more companies are turning to remote teams to fill roles.
Is your company experimenting with remote team members? Are you grappling with the idea of working remotely? To some, the concept of allowing employees to work from home (or perhaps a shared work-space) away from the physical team is nerve-wracking. For others, their entire team may be composed completely of remote workers due to the digital age. And this team dynamic may be scary at times. Have no fear — keep reading for the essential tips to make working with a remote team successful.
Don’t let essential deliverables and the collaboration of ideas fall through the cracks due to a lack of communication. Whether in a physical workspace or a completely remote team setting — communication is crucial for companies to reach their goals. Keep the conversation flowing wherever your team members may be. Set up weekly (or perhaps daily) video check-ins with your teammates and allow for an “open door policy” when it comes to email and virtual chat communications. By doing so, your remote team members will feel more motivated to keep communication at an all-time high — regardless of where they may be.
Set Expectations & Examples
When working with remote teams, it can often become difficult to display the exact wants, needs, and deliverables you may be seeking. Thus, it is crucial to set clear expectations, time deadlines, and examples of the work needed. People are naturally visual learners — so provide clear examples of the assets you need. This will ensure that the work you receive from remote team members is of the quality and craftsmanship you are expecting.
Use the Right Tools
Thanks to some awesome tech tools, remote teams are becoming more and more common. Here are three essential tools we use at Issuu to ensure our remote teams are working to their fullest potential:
- Zoom: A great video conferencing solution. With an easy to use Chrome extension and calendar invite links, Zoom allows team members to join a video call with the click of a button. As well, Zoom offers a “screen sharing” feature that allows remote team members exact deliverable examples with ease.
- Slack: The ultimate instant messaging tool for businesses. With the ability to direct message, create channels for different teams/projects, AND create a company-wide channel — Slack ensures that all remote team members will be in the loop at all times.
- Google Sheets: To create slick and easy to read deliverable calendars, many remote teams turn to Google Sheets. With the ability to share with anyone, everyone can collaborate, comment, and edit all at once. Perfect for virtual collaboration! See when others are on the document and making edits in real time for easy teamwork.
Our last tip to ensure your remote teams operate without a hitch is to have trust. Give your team members the trust they deserve to complete the work needed, wherever they’re stationed. After all, you hired these awesome remote team members in the first place. Give them the time and freedom to show off their skills and they will feel empowered to perform their best!