Many large companies like Mozilla or Google let their employees work remotely. With the rise of the World Wide Web and a plethora of sophisticated and yet affordable tools for businesses, the popularity of this strategy is growing at an astounding pace. A recent study says that 70% of people worldwide work remotely at least once a week. Remote work has proven as highly effective, as it improves employees’ satisfaction and productivity.
However, how to keep your employees loyal, engaged, and focused on achieving the same goals?
Let’s find out!
Create a solid business plan and make it transparent.
Managing the employees all across the globe and staying on top of the sea of projects may be a huge problem if not planned properly. This is exactly why you need to build a solid business plan and update it regularly. You need to set clear business goals, track the right metrics, and invest in the tools that facilitate the collaboration between your team members. Project management tools like Basecamp, Asana, or Trello will help your remote employees work together on the same projects in real-time and share files easily.
Most importantly, make your goals transparent and share them with the rest of the team. Communicate clear expectations to your employees, set clear deadlines, get them involved in each aspect of the business, and let them make suggestions. Transparency is extremely important in today’s business management, especially when it comes to building trust and boosting the productivity of virtual teams.
Treat your employees equally.
One of the greatest challenges managers face is boosting employee satisfaction in organizations where some employees are in the office, while others are working remotely. Namely, recent research shows that the major problems remote workers face are:
- Poor collaboration
- Staying motivated
- Time zone challenges
And, these are massive problems you need to solve as a manager by proving your remote staff members they’re equally important. For example, when holding an important meeting, have everyone attend it. Invest in reliable video conferencing software and have both your remote and in-house employees use it. This move would definitely improve the remote employees’ morale.
If possible, you should pick up a phone and talk to your remote employees regularly or even schedule in-person meetings to make your relationships more personal. If you still don’t have the physical office, you can always take advantage of a coworking space that will provide you with an adequate working environment for the meeting.
Build a strong corporate culture.
Your corporate culture is critical for your business. It gives your business a unique personality, as well as improves your remote employees’ morale and engagement. Namely, you need to set your goals at the very beginning and base your decisions on them over time.
When recruiting top talent, remember that remote work is not for everyone. Choose the candidates that are friendly, flexible, collaborative, and results-oriented. Above all, make sure they’re a good fit for your team. You should also invest in the right tools that will enable your team members to know each other, teach them to respect each other’s time and respect their coworkers’ decisions. As a result, you will reduce employee turnover, inspire greater innovation, and improve your remote team’s productivity.
Team building is important, even in the virtual landscape.
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is a success,” Henry Ford said. Unsurprisingly, building and nurturing strong relationships between remote team members is even more challenging. However, just because they don’t live in the same city or they cannot have lunch together doesn’t mean they cannot become friends. We’re living in the era of highly sophisticated tools, designed specifically to make the interaction between people smoother, regardless of their location or time zone.
- If you’re using platforms like Skype or Slack, you could create a place where they can share fun stuff and personal experiences with other team members.
- Inform your employees about the company’s progress and thank them for their hard work.
- Show interest in their hobbies, interests, personal problems, and career goals.
- Give them career advancement opportunities by providing them with various training programs and offering bonuses and raises. It’s nice to know that their effort pays off.
- In case in-person meetings don’t work for you, you can still ask employees for their address and send them incentives or holiday cards.
Over to you
Managing a remote team requires responsibility and dedication. Most importantly, it means building a solid business plan, managing your team’s productivity, and forming a unique corporate culture. However, it pays off. By following these tips, you will create a team of loyal, productive employees that will help you achieve your major goals faster.