Successfully managing any team is a challenge, but throwing in the added factor of the team working remotely can make the entire endeavor overwhelming. In a post for the Association for Project Management, Valentina Lorenzon elaborates on how to best manage remote teams.
Remote Work, Expansive Results
The world has changed, and it is more common than ever for a manager to be leading a team that works in different states, or even countries. This adds conflicts because of time zones or language barriers. Remote teams have potential for success, but they need to be managed well. It is more imperative for managers to create a strong team culture when the team is a collection of remote employees. Managers need to set forth a greater effort to get to know their team and how their team responds to different management styles. Additionally, they need to promote equity and fairness.
The remote nature of their work can make it difficult for team members to build trust with one another. They lack the physical interactions that allow for them to build a relationship. The best way to help build this trust is to have transparency on the inner workings of the project and to ensure that each team member knows the value they are bringing to the job.
One of the strengths of a remote team is their ability to deliver successful complex projects. This is because of their varied knowledge and skill sets. Additionally, they may have different primary languages, which can be an extreme asset when working in an international project. These strengths and knowing how to leverage them will help lead the team to success.
Managers need to take the time to define a communication strategy from the beginning. This can be an array of things, but it needs to be clear how everyone can contact one another. Monitoring communications can help the manager to keep an eye on productivity without hindering flexibility.
In order for remote teams to be successful, the manager needs to be an excellent motivator to his or her team. You can read the original post here: https://www.apm.org.uk/blog/techniques-managing-remote-and-multicultural-teams-successfully