It can be a tricky task to manage the workflow and culture when all of your employees have been remote for nearly two years. *sigh* Two. Years. But we’re here to give you three quick tips on how to be an engaged leader, help get things done, and build a great corporate culture all from the comfort of your home office!
To manage your remote team, you’ll have to develop strategies and use tools that help you and your team talk, collaborate, and socialize. That will keep them engaged and create a positive culture that people want to stick around for. It will also keep everything running smoothly and allow your business to get things done just as effectively as before.
Create Virtual Teams
Managing workflow by creating small workgroups of 3-10 employees that can meet often, discuss work, and collaborate to to complete projects done is extremely critical right now. With everyone cooped up at home all day, it can be easy for everyone to fall into separate silos.
To make sure everyone is staying on task, working toward the same goal, and ultimately getting the project done as effectively as possible you’ll have to give them a structure that allows them to meet often, talk lots, and work together.
Utilize Digital Collaboration Tools
As we’re sure you’ve noticed by now, remote work can seriously hinder communication . But it doesn’t have to. There are so many digital collaboration tools like Trello, Asana, Slack and others can help keep your people connected, stay on top of deadlines, and collaborate to hit your targets. These tools are also great ways to keep a culture going by allowing your people to comment on one another’s work, monitor their colleagues workflow and hop in to help out with difficult tasks, and of course, to share GIFs and memes; the beating heart of all remote workers’ workplace humour.
Try them out and see which works best for your team!
Celebrate the Wins
We can’t say this enough, so we’ll say it one more time. Celebrate the wins. People are stressed and it can seem like the world is a never-ending cycle of doom. That’s why it’s so critical to give your people something to celebrate— a little ray of sunshine during dark times.
Encourage your people and give them recognition, and you’ll be building a culture that encourages adaptability and growth. When one of your people tries or learns something new, let them know how awesome that is. When you score a new client, make that a reason to have a social call with your team to celebrate. Your business will be more agile and your people will be more satisfied. A “good job” goes a long way!