In the online learning world, it’s essential to manage remote teams. The following are steps for managing team members who are in different locations.
Set expectations and define objectives
- Be proactive and define the objectives you want your team to achieve.
- Detail the plan on how to achieve team goals.
- Hold remote employees accountable. Give them goals to achieve on a weekly or quarterly basis. Evaluate their job performance the same way you would if you worked in the same office with them.
- Don’t let remote workers feel “remote” or “forgotten.”
- Establish regularly scheduled meetings that attempt to accommodate team members’ availability.
- Stress to team members that they have an obligation to stay in regular contact.
Get to know remote team members
- Bond with remote team members to build trust, empathy and camaraderie.
- Make them feel a part of the organization by spending the first few minutes of a meeting to discuss weekend plans, kids and engage in other small talk and casual conversation.
Use Zoom Video Conference Calls When Possible
- Zoom video conference calls can spark spur-of-the-moment conversations.
- These talks can lead to new creative ideas and brainstorming sessions.
- Video conversations can be the remote equivalent of gathering around the water cooler.
- Don’t forget to tell team members what they’re doing right.
- Constructive criticism goes a long way, but without some positivity now and then employees will only come to dread your feedback.
- Encouragement is one of the most effective things a manager can do.