Tips for Managing a Remote Team

Tips for Managing a Remote Team

Technology and the growing daily needs of operations have made business teams a global endeavor, enabling them to work on the same project in different countries. While technology might bridge quite a few of the gaps, keeping the team mentality and morale strong means doing things the right way. Finding the best way to bring all of it together with the correct tools, is a necessity for teams big and small.

Here are the three things you need to keep in mind in order to get it done:

  • Set goals at the beginning
  • Project management tools
  • Over-communicate

Set Your Goals

Keeping your scattered team on the same page can be accomplished by streamlining efficiency.  This means taking skill sets and availability into account while you make your goals. Your project has a deadline and in order to meet it, you need realistic expectations for each team member. Make sure your message is focused on the right demographics, and then move ahead towards each milestone as a creative ladder moving you through the course of the project.

Every goal should be a team effort and choosing the right tools to help you along that path will make sure you hit your marks together, without leaving loose ends.

Choose Your Tools

Picking project management tools to hone the focus and the voice of the campaign is easier said than done. Tools like Slack and Projecturf allow you to keep tabs on multiple conversations, topics, and a pulse on the entire team. When co-workers are not in the office on a daily basis, over-communication is key to ensure all eyes on the right prize.

When projects start to involve multiple people all working on different aspects of the same campaign, one of the most indispensable facets of larger programs is that you can integrate your projects and information into your Slack app. This puts the entire project under one roof, making daily communication seamless.

Over-Communicate

Make to-do lists that can be viewed by the whole team, and use notes to generate ideas or pivot points to the workflow. Working smarter not harder allows more to get done in a shorter amount of time, and tools like these make it happen on a daily basis.

If you’re not seeing each other passing in the hallways, the best way to keep everyone on the same page is to use some positive reinforcement in order to keep motivation and morale soaring. This, combined with the daily updates and conversations, will make it feel more like an “in-house” environment and keep your project moving.

The world is changing and so is how we do business. Your best co-worker might be half-way around the world, so get used to the idea of virtual offices, Google Hangouts, and project management tools that put it all under one roof.

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