Remote working, virtual working, flexible working, home working – whatever you call it, it’s here to stay. It’s an increasingly popular working style that allows professionals to carry out their jobs outside of a traditional office environment, based on the idea that work does not need to be carried out in a specific place to be done successfully. Thanks to digital technology and working practices, flexible remote team working is on the rise.
But what does this mean for team management? If you are managing remote teams, you still need to ensure that the work is being done and that standards are being met. So, how can you manage a remote team effectively when you don’t physically get together daily, regularly, or at all? Are there ways of supporting and motivating remote team members that differ from traditional strategies and techniques?
One Day Course: Managing Remote Teams
Explore the dimensions of a team and how it is affected by remote working in our engaging one-day course. We will look at strategies for retaining trust in a work relationship with limited physical proximity. We will investigate different team dynamics and how they shift when team members go remote. We will look at the challenges and techniques to maintain a strong sense of team and retain productivity with team members across different locations.
iManage Performance are one of the very few professional training providers in this field. This popular course follows a successful pilot and programme at East Sussex County Council, and has also resulted in academic cooperation between iManage Performance and the University of Brighton.
Podcast: Managing Remote Workers
Listen to our podcast below, where we face up to the challenges of remote team working, and give helpful pointers to managers on how to mitigate any negative implications of remote teams.
Managing Remote Teams FAQs
What new academic insights are there for managing remote teams?
iManage Performance work with a leading UK professor who specialises in research into the impact of technology in the workplace. A range of new ‘eLeadership’ styles have recently emerged that create better ways of understanding remote team management.
Does the course cover team management across international locations?
Both our research and our course content provide valuable insights into team management in a multinational environment. We will help you to enhance your leadership ability to manage and lead team members effectively, wherever in the world they may be based.
What about the situation where a remote manager looks after a co-located team?
This scenario is more common than one might think, and may consist of multiple teams spread around the country or across international locations. This course will support and build your management and leadership skills when working with these different groups.
Remote Team Management Tips
- Recruit the right team members
Not everyone is capable of working alone. Remote workplaces are typically less social than co-located ones, so it is important to hire people who thrive on working independently but also as part of a small team, and who you can trust to stay productive when working under their own steam.
- Choose the right digital tools
In order to get the best out of your remote team, you need to invest in the most effective organisational and communication tools – email, file sharing, instant messaging, screen sharing, project management etc. – so that everyone can work together seamlessly.
- Create an effective work plan
Systems and processes can streamline workflows and improve productivity and efficiency, and this is the secret ingredient of a powerful virtual team. Use a project management system to keep everyone in touch and agree on how you do things as a team.
- Set clear goals and objectives
Project goals and objectives should be set and articulated clearly, so that every virtual team member understands what they are working towards. Make sure these goals are re-stated and reinforced during meetings, check-ins and performance reviews.
- Prioritise effective communication
Regular structured communication with your remote team is the key to success. From daily team check-ins to regular one-to-ones with individual team members, plus encouraging additional informal peer-to-peer contact, maintains a sense of team based on innovation, efficiency and results.
- Develop a happy, engaged team
Create some social aspects to compensate for the downsides of remote team working and create a stronger bond between team members. From videoconferencing to periodic face-to face team meetings, joint training events or team socials, it all helps to strengthen the sense of team.
Who is the course suitable for?
Managers and Department Heads faced with the team members becoming remote.
New managers who are interested in learning about team dynamics and management techniques.
What will you learn?
The importance of trust and its dimensions in a team context
- Task level objective setting
- Reporting for remote teams
- Motivation and how change affects it
- Building and maintaining a sense of team