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5 Tips for Successfully Managing Remote Teams

Ayda Ecem Çele

Ayda Ecem Çele

14 Jul 2022

Two professionals discussing work remotely over a phone call. Efficient communication for remote working and effective team management.

The global pandemic has forced many companies to work remotely. If you think that this situation will return to its former state with the end of the pandemic, on the contrary, more and more companies are adapting to working remotely. This creates the need to manage remote teams more successfully. According to 2022 research (Steward, 2022),16% of companies globally work remotely. Even though this percentage seems a little, it will increase a lot in the future. For example, 94% of American businesses either now use permanent hybrid work models or intend to do so. While working remotely you should manage the teams more carefully to be more successful. Here are 5 tips to achieve this goal which is to manage your remote team more successful:

Build Communication Channels:

Working remotely means all of the weekly team meetings, project works, etc. are online so you should use online platforms in order to enable and strengthen communication between employees. There are lots of platforms for this purpose such as Slack, Discord, and Microsoft Teams. These tools enable fluid, clear, and secure communications and make it easier to manage remote teams, making them more successful and efficient.

Accommodate Flexible Hours:

More and more people are starting to work remotely. The reason for this is that they can adjust their working hours according to themselves and as a result, they can establish a balance between their private and work lives. As working remotely will be difficult for parents with children, people who are not comfortable at home, or people who are not into technology, be there for your employees as a workplace and employer to minimize these obstacles in advance.

Set Clear Expectations & Goals:

Clear communication is very important when working remotely. Explaining the task clearly and without leaving any question marks to the person to whom the task will be assigned ensures that the next steps proceed smoothly. By outlining the tasks and the justifications for them in clear terms and making sure your team is aware of exactly what they should do to achieve the task. For doing this, defining deadlines and scopes are vital since transparency is the key to remote working.

Have a Daily Check-In:

Maintaining a sense of unity within your team is crucial to keeping projects on schedule. Setting up regular check-ins via using online platforms in order to make sure priorities are aligned and to keep in touch with projects. The check-in meetings, which are every day at the beginning of the process, can be held at longer intervals as the tasks get bigger and harder. However, these intervals shouldn’t be taken too long. It is also important that these meetings are face-to-face with a video conference. Seeing each other both strengthens communication and makes sure that everyone’s attention is on that meeting.

Add Moments of Fun:

Just because you don’t work in a physical office doesn’t mean you’re not a team. Therefore, spending time together and doing activities together, even online, makes communication within the team much healthier and strengthens the bond between you. Monthly activities such as book clubs, movie nights, and playing online games together increase the confidence in the team and help the work continue flowless.

In Spiky, we have created a family and friend environment by adapting the above-mentioned items every day since the first day of our establishment. We hold meetings on online platforms that we use extensively as offices. We have a book club that reads and discusses books regularly. We organize movie nights and game nights by sending snack boxes to each of our teammates.

Do not forget to follow Spiky.ai, which shows that productive and successful work can be achieved by working remotely, on social media.

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