Five tips for managing remote teams
There are many work models for a business, there are companies that operate by a traditional model, where all the team works in an office, and others by a more flexible model where people have the freedom to work from the place they always want. Depending on the type of business, one model may work better than another. But what would happen if a team with a traditional model had to do remote work overnight?
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, many teams had to work remotely for the first time. At first it can be difficult to maintain communication and productivity as it was when they worked in an office altogether, but it is not the end of the world. From Bcombinator, we have prepared a series of guidelines that you must take into account to better manage your team remotely:
Establish communication standards
Communication is the key to effectively managing a remote team. Depending on the type of project or business you are running, it is advisable to organize one or more daily meetings to maintain team cohesion.
Tip: use video conferencing tools, whiteboards, chat rooms and leave a recording of the call so you don't miss a thing from the established agreements
Each team member must know each other, regardless of the employment relationship. Organize at least one weekly meeting in which the whole team can share what they have done and discuss other more personal topics. In this way you will begin to build a relationship of trust in the team, improving the way of working together. Something as simple as a meeting with everyone having a coffee together from wherever they are to talk about any topic.
For the good of the team and the project, it delegates tasks with deadlines to each of them, to avoid dispersion. This will help keep them focused on their goals, thereby improving their productivity.
Use project management tools
When it comes to remote work, project management tools have played a fundamental role in its development. By using these tools you can establish the objectives or tasks necessary to meet a goal, see the phase of the project and know what each team member is doing and always stay aligned.
Pay attention to the little details
Working remotely requires special attention to all the details to have a global vision of the team on a functional and emotional level. If your team is not on the boat, you will be shipwrecked. Constantly review the overall goals and study the individual tasks to see how they flow or make the necessary adjustments to ensure the success of the project.
If you need more tips or tools to work with your team remotely, we recommend reading our article "How to work remotely: tips and challenges"