5 Key Tips For Managing A Remote Team
Our 5 key tips for managing a remote team will help you to outsource your jobs to scale your business. Outsourcing key tasks within your business can free up time for you to to spend more time on the things that you love. Outsourcing can enhance productivity output and growth. And as most solo digital business owners don’t have, and don’t want, to share an office space with staff, outsourcing to a remote team can often be the most efficient way to manage your task list.
My 5 Key Tips For Managing A Remote Team
1 // Use Project Management Tools + Software
Project management tools help with assigning tasks, mapping out the project outline and work flow. They also allow for centralised communication and note taking, require organisation and clearly documented processes, and give accountability to the task. Although I’m currently using Trello boards for productivity, I’ve had good progress with Asana for project management.
2 // Hold Regular Meetings
Make your meetings consistent and lock them into your calendar as mandatory appointments. Don’t allow other commitments to overlap or take priority over your weekly, fortnightly, or monthly meetings. For maximum efficiency, have a meeting agenda and key performance indicators, take meeting minutes and de-brief or re-cap afterwards if necessary, and ensure your team is prepared for what you expect them to discuss and contribute to.Tips for managing a remote team – hold regular meetings + communicate regularly. #womeninbiz Click To Tweet
3 // Get Down To Business
When you’ve got a remote team it can be tempting to be “all work and no play” during catchups; especially as a solo business owner. You should absolutely embrace the niceties, have a polite chat and show an interest in your team’s personal lives and work. But be quick to bring the meeting back down to business. Ensure your team respects your role as the boss, and that you have a specific time frame and deadline placed on the work involved.
4 // Use Easy Communication Methods
Similarly to how project management software can help the flow of open dialogue, so too can easy communication platforms. If you’re relying solely on email communication to get tasks done, you’re likely compromising efficiency and productivity. It can be all too easy to get bogged down in emails (and that’s not including your weekly email catalogue from Asos).
Apps like Voxer or FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, Skype and Google Hangouts are proven to be more effective in maintaining open and constructive channels of communication across remote team members and international time zones.
5 // Don’t Micromanage
It’s important to communicate, and it’s vital that you’ve assigned tasks properly. Regular feedback is also crucial. But don’t risk affecting your own productivity, and over-bearing your team, by micro-managing their project output. Trust that your team are skilled enough to self manage, and if not, re-hire and re-communicate your needs, wants, values, quality standards and time frame.Outsource low lying tasks and manage a remote team to grow and scale your business. #womeninbiz #femaleentrepeneurs Click To Tweet
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