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The Challenges of Managing Remote Employees

Remote Work

Remote Work

The rise of remote work might be unavoidable, and you should want to take advantage, even more so, in situations such as this we’re currently facing with the dangers of the pandemic spread of Coronoavirus accelerating.
Allowing remote work can benefit not only your employees, but you as a manager and the organization as a whole. Whether your organization has five or five hundred remote workers, it’s important to learn how to manage them effectively. As you learn remote-worker best practices, you can grow your reputation as a great place to work, attract top candidates from around the world, and retain the exceptional people you already have on your remote team.

You might think that remote work would come with a whole new set of management challenges. In fact, many of the same principles hold true. Managing remote employees boils down to two elements: connection and collaboration. If you can help your off-site workers feel connected to the rest of the team and find opportunities to collaborate on important projects, then you’re doing it right. And if you think some of your remote team members may be struggling, you know what to check on first.

Remote work is about more than just the advancement of technology, it’s something that has the potential to help the way we work, manage, and lead. 

It’s not all positive, though. Remote work has its own set of challenges. 

While there are great potential benefits of allowing remote work on your team, there’s a problem: most founders and managers still aren’t familiar with the challenges of managing remote employees. Remote work is different from the typical work structure in a few big ways. And while there are big benefits, there are also new and unique challenges with both hiring and managing remote employees that managers never see coming.

Therefore, if you are a manager dealing with remote teams, have in mind at all times, these do-s and don’t-s of teleworking:

Do

  • Get to know your remote reports on a personal level by reserving a few minutes during meetings and calls for casual workplace conversations
  • Establish a schedule of communication both between you and your remote employee and between the remote employee and the rest of the team
  • Use video technology to spark spontaneous interactions among your team members

Don’t

  • Evaluate the job performance of remote workers differently from the way you assess co-located colleagues — apply the same metrics across your team
  • Worry too much about setting up constant in-person meetings with your remote workers — predictable visits are more important than frequent ones
  • Forget to acknowledge the work of remote workers so their efforts don’t go unnoticed

 

What do you think of this list of tips to for managing remote employees?

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