After Covid-19, the world has changed in terms of how work is performed. Companies and businesses are providing remote work opportunities to employees. Moreover, four days week work is intact in many countries with the 5th day of the week as remote work. We should expect more flexibility and adaptability in how the work is done remotely. Therefore, it puts the managers at the center stage as they must handle and navigate the remote teams and the work. There are strategies that managers can use to manage remote work.
Managers can manage remote teams through effective communication. There are check-in software that can be used for quick communication. Video conferencing is another way to encourage open communication and share regular feedback. With clear communication and a commitment to building relationships, managers can see remote teams thriving to achieve their goals.
Regular check-ins are important to manage remote teams. Managers can use check-ins to touch base with their remote workers and discuss their progress. Moreover, managers can schedule check-ins regularly, like weekly, bi-weekly, or daily. It helps to ensure everyone is on the same page and that progress is being made toward the team’s goals.
Remote work technology
Although it’s not the personal responsibility of the manager to provide the tools, but the manager can work as a supervisor. Managers can make sure that team members have technology tools for remote work. These include access to digital communication tools and files, company laptops, and access to a co-working space.
Digital video conferencing tools like Zoom or Microsoft Teams can also be helpful for remote teams. However, it’s important to remember that some tasks may need to be conducted in the office for security reasons or for efficiency. Managers should be prepared to accept the limitations of such work for some portions of a job or for individual units.
Fix time and days for team interaction
For remote teams, there is extra work required for everyday workplace communication. But when there is a mix of off-site and on-site employees, remote managers can focus on ways to communicate effectively. The manager should always emphasize open communication.
They should be encouraged to contact the manager, supervisor, or HR regularly. Especially when there’s an emergency, or they are confused about some task. Regular contact depends upon the nature of the task, and how efficiently employees can accomplish that task sitting at home.
We have seen changes how the work is done since the Covid-19 pandemic. It has put managers at the forefront of navigating and managing remote teams. To manage remote work effectively, managers need to use strategies that ensure clear communication, regular check-ins, and access to technology tools.
Additionally, managers should be prepared to accept the limitations of remote work and understand that some tasks may need to be conducted in person. Eventually, it all comes down to managers helping their remote teams achieve their goals and thrive in a remote work environment.