​​How to Lead a Team of Remote Employees

Even before the pandemic, most things were migrating to the digital world, and during all the lockdowns, millions of companies moved their work entirely or at least partially online. The necessity for businesses and employees to function remotely has inspired many different technological solutions to make up for the physical distance, and help managers build efficient teams.

Thanks to these new models of work many things have changed and businesses started seeing the advantages of entirely remote or hybrid-remote work. To help you deal with the many challenges that come with all of that, here are three techniques that you can incorporate into your remote management style.  

Provide Fun Virtual Group Activities

As a manager, you must overcome a variety of challenges, especially if you are used to in-person communication. One of the biggest issues that come with remote work is the difficulty to build strong, well-organized teams.

This is because it can be hard to develop trust between the team members. It can also be harder to share information and express yourself. Motivation and productivity aren’t as easily achieved. And finally, a work-life balance can be hard to establish. 

This is why it’s crucial to develop techniques to help your employees feel satisfied with their jobs and make a real team out of a group of people who have never met or only meet once in a while. Just like you would do if you were working together in an office, to bring your employees together, you should find fun virtual team building activities that will help you compensate for the absence of face-to-face interaction.

Keep in mind all the things that your employees are missing by not seeing each other every day, aside from better collaboration and more efficient work-related communication, such as water cooler talks, fun, and productive breaks, work friendships, and so much more. Virtual activities can help you make up for some of that. 

Motivate and Inspire Your Employees

Motivational skills are crucial for anyone in a leadership position because the survival and success of any company depend on the motivation of its employees to do their job and perform better. Motivated employees perform better, get better results, help advance the company, contribute significantly, and even motivate other employees. 

When it comes to remote employees, motivation is an even bigger problem. And one of the consequences of lack of motivation and not feeling fulfilled in your job is a high turnover rate, as there are many work opportunities out there in the digital world. Finding and training new employees can be harmful to your company, so to avoid losing good and skilled remote workers, you should find ways to inspire and motivate them. 

And this doesn’t only refer to offering competitive salaries. Employees today are very demanding when it comes to the conditions in which they work, so you should forget about being an overly bossy manager and screaming orders. Instead, you should be respectful, allow open communication, listen to them, make efforts to get to know them, support their mental health and work-life balance, and so on.

One very important thing a lot of employees look for is the opportunities for advancement within the company, as well as for personal and professional development. So, for instance, you could offer different kinds of training. And, of course, bonuses and other types of rewards to show appreciation never hurt. 

Monitor Your Employees

There are many software solutions for monitoring remote employees. However, it’s important to choose the right one, and avoid those that focus on having absolute control over your employees. Remote employee monitoring software is crucial for teams because it guarantees effectiveness by ensuring that tasks are finished on time, deadlines are met, by minimizing miscommunication and mistakes.

When choosing such software, one of the most important things to take into account, once again, is the danger of high employee turnover.

This is why you should avoid using the power this type of software gives you to control your employees, and instead allow them to have autonomy, but still hold them accountable for their tasks. This will help you develop trust between you and your employees, without which you could never build functioning teams. 

Some of these tools are also capable of gathering data and analyzing the productivity of each employee, their behavior, their efficiency, etc. This can help you improve your tactics, build new strategies, and consequently improve your company’s results. 

Conclusion

Like it or not, the necessity and popularity of remote work is the reality. Whether you are just starting a business, you have moved your business online partially or entirely, or you’ve always functioned with remote employees, these techniques can help you build employee loyalty, better and stronger teams, and an efficient company.

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My diverse background started with my computer science degree, and later progressed to building laptops and accessories. And now, for the last 7 years, I have been a social media marketing specialist and business growth consultant.

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Jonathon Spire

I blog about a range of tech topics.

For the last 7 years I have been a social media marketing specialist and business growth consultant, so I write about those the most.

Full transparency: I do review a lot of services and I try to do it as objectively as possible; I give honest feedback and only promote services I believe truly work (for which I may or may not receive a commission) – if you are a service owner and you think I have made a mistake then please let me know in the comments section.

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