Struggling to manage your team while working from home? These 5 tips are all you need
With Coronavirus being declared a pandemic by WHO, working from home or remote working has been made a mandate by many companies. While working from home for a day or two can be a blessing but when a team have to do the same for an indefinite period it might become a little challenging for the manager or the team leader. While working from home has many advantages, like saving commuting time, cutting down pollution etc., it also comes with its own sets of hurdles, especially for those who have to manage huge teams. However, the situation now is even scarier because a lot of people were caught unprepared during the Coronavirus quarantine. Working from home requires planning, time to co-ordinate and remote support from concerned technical teams for smooth running. Absence of these factors can make working from home while managing teams with a large number of employees a little challenging. So, let’s look at a few tips that can make working from home or remote working productive for managers or team leaders who have to remotely manage a team.
Communication is the key
Do we even need to elaborate on the importance of effective communication while managing a team remotely? Social distancing and isolation can be the biggest hurdle when it comes to communicating with a team who is working from home. Because effective communication depends on a lot of factors like connectivity, availability etc. So, keep all platforms of communication open be it through chats or phone calls.
Use technology to be virtually present
While talking over phone calls or using social media platforms to chat can be a powerful medium to stay in touch, but nothing compares to the physical presence of the manager or the team leader. So make use of technology to have group video calls or one-on-one video calls with employees. This can help them feel motivated and in turn, increase their productivity.
Set the agenda and keep sharing your feedback frequently
Just like everyone follows a schedule in office, it’s equally important to have an agenda while working from home. However, just having a schedule and completing the task isn’t enough. To make sure that the team is also doing their job according to deadlines, the manager needs to share his or her feedback regularly. Otherwise, how would the team member, who is working distantly, know when he needs to improve or change his way of working?
Keep taking regular updates
One of the best ways to ensure that the team is on track is by taking regular updates. If the team members are chasing a big target that might involve multiple days of work, it will be wiser to break it down into smaller goals spread over the days so that there are no last-minute hurdles. Also, keeping a track on the team’s progress through regular update motivates the colleagues to stick to the schedule.
Be a little flexible
While working from home, it’s not possible to micro-manage everything. Also, the other team members who are working remotely might have challenges like connectivity, technical issues etc., which might make it difficult for them to do everything like they do in office. And given the current situation, the productivity of a person can be affected. While this cannot be an excuse to not get the job done, but being a team leader it’s your responsibility to be a little flexible and sympathetic. Instead of focusing on activities, it would be better if you concentrate more on the outcome.