The workforce is changing and studies have shown that more people are working from home and prefer it to going into the office every day. While working remotely isn’t unheard of, it has completely evolved within the last decade thanks to new tools. These advancements have made it easier for companies to interact with one another and still be productive.
What are these tools? And how do you make sure your team stays connected when there is no face-to-face communication?
In this article, we’re going to cover the rising trend of remote workforces and how to stay connected with your remote team members, especially if someone is traveling.
It's that time of year. We're in November - the holidays are coming up. Whether or not you have a remote team, people are going to be a little harder to reach because they are out of the office.
So, what do you do?
Last year, Forbes published an article with a bunch of tips on how to effectively manage remote employees; from communication channels to setting up daily stand-ups and also making sure that people are clear on their expectations.
Before we get into that, let’s talk about what it means to be a remote team.
A remote team means that someone is telecommuting and they're working at a place other than the corporate office, you could say. Some people work from home, some people move around, and it's in all industries.
About 73% of teams worldwide will have remote members by 2028. That's a lot.
This is a major trend and regardless of that, there will always be people who can't physically attend every scheduled meeting you’re to join.
The first tip that we have is to make sure all the expectations are very clear, especially for someone who's out of the office.
What does it mean to have clear expectations? Well, that depends on their role.
Maybe there's an expectation that this person will respond to emails in a certain time period. They should know what that expectation is and acknowledge it. Being responsive means different things to different people. It could be 15 minutes, it could be two hours or 24 hours.
The next tip would be to vary your communication channels to help people feel connected and have different ways to connect with each other. Many of you have probably heard of or used Slack. That's a nice channel to connect with your team members and give them a way to connect with you where it's not another email. It can be something more urgent or something different than sending a text message. There's tons of tools out there.
Another way to stay connected to your team is to remember little things like someone's birthday, the team has a major milestone, or completed a big project. Remembering to give people kudos for a job well done, even though they're not physically in the office, goes a long way to making people feel connected.
The last tip is really making use of all the tools out there for virtual meetings. We can easily have access to video meetings. Now, tools like Zoom video exist and people can connect into meetings, and the video quality and audio quality are excellent for the most part.
Combining this into even a daily check-in with your remote team goes a long way into helping set clear expectations and helping people feel connected and part of a team. They're not physically around. Many of the teams I work with to implement EOS have a remote component and this trend will only increase.
As technology advances, so will the workforce. It’s crucial that even if we’re not in the same place, we’re on the same page. Utilizing the right tools will allow for remote employees to stay disciplined and thrive. This ensures that companies will be productive as one unit.
Stay tuned until next time as we provide more tips on connecting with your remote teammates.
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