Holding a Team Together
- Regular meetings – Any meetings which took place in the office can be carried out via video conferencing to maintain a stable routine. Additionally, quick, regular catch up meetings can replace some of the ad hoc discussions which took place in the office environment.
- Encourage regular updates - Management teams should encourage regular feedback within the teams to ensure they keep the conversation going.
- Organised communication – Introduce specific methods of communication for a designated purpose (e.g. Microsoft Teams for live chats or urgent requests, email for less urgent and Whatsapp or Facebook Messenger for informal chats).
- Always celebrate wins – In the office, milestones or specific achievements may be celebrated and there is no reason to stop this with a dispersed team. Make sure there is a plan in place for celebrating the wins no matter how small.
- Set up a virtual ‘water cooler’ – Setting up an online drop-in chat space (using Remo or Wurkr for example) or a Facebook group can encourage staff to chat which helps build relationships and team bonds.
However you choose to manage your remote team, out of sight does not mean out of mind. Instead, you may have to work a little bit harder to create a team that communicates and appreciates their own role within the wider organisation.
If you would like to speak to someone about getting your remote team working efficiently and productively give Brandon Cross a call today.
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