Tips to Effectively Manage Digital Workforce

In this digital world, almost everything can be done online, there is no need for physical presence. With all the tech tools available, corporate companies can manage their team remotely and get the job done. Remote working reduces the costs of physical space and transportation along with saving travel time. 

All these benefits attracted the top companies to adapt to remote working. If you see the trend, over the last few years there has been a gradual shift to remote working from offices. The Coronavirus outbreak has only fast-forwarded that process, and many companies are looking to permanently shift to remote working. 

Although remote working has many benefits, there are few challenges to manage a remote team. So, you have to find ways to effectively manage your team to be productive. Now, let’s look into a few ways to actually do that.

Communication is the key:

One of the major concerns of remote working is ineffective communication. As a manager, you should be available for your team members throughout the working hours if at all there are any issues. If it’s in the office, they can turn up to the managers anytime, but it’s not possible during remote working. So, use tech tools for official communication with all the team members. Tools like Slack and Microsoft Teams have an intuitive user interface and are great for formal communication. No matter the tools you use, at the end of the day your teammates should feel that you are available to them all the time.

Leverage technology:

Technology is the root cause for remote working to take place in the first place, so technology can also fix the issues that come along with it. You can use project management software, time management software, employee engagement software, and learning management systems like UKG Pro to streamline the processes and increase productivity. Tools like these help organizations automate many of the manual tasks and focus on other important tasks.

Don’t micromanage:

Remote working has become the new norm out of nowhere, so everyone who is working remotely will take some time adjusting to this new setup. Let them figure out their way of working to increase productivity. Once you assign a particular task, don’t follow up on the same several times in the day as it could waste everyone’s time. They are doing the job because they are capable of it, and trust them to finish their work on their own. This will help them to take ownership of their work which is a vital quality to sustain in the corporate world.

Be flexible with timings:

Remote working can be destructive as the home is not the right place to work as much as the office. In the office, everyone is in the work mode, so the ambiance rubs off to not deviate. But at home, people are surrounded by family and friends who might disturb the flow of work. So, employees want to work when they feel like working or when there is no outside disturbance at their homes. Let your employees work at their own pace unless there is a dip in the quality or quantity of the work done.

Experiment with different processes:

There can never be a one-size-fits-all approach, personalized approach is the best way to get the results. These days micromanaging and power games might not work as this generation of professionals prefer freedom over structure. They want to explore more career options, find their passions, and contribute to the growth of the organization. So, flexibility and freedom are important to manage your remote team more effectively.

Incorporate virtual celebrations and meetings:

Never let your employees feel alone during this remote working phase. Apart from formal meetings, celebrate the special days of your employees and the organizations to build and strengthen that team bond. You can also celebrate the success of your projects virtually. So, there are a number of ways to engage your team virtually and build an overall positive digital workspace.

Conclusion:

Managing your remote team might be a difficult task as no one is experienced and equipped enough to deal with it. But experiment with different methods and processes to find out what works for your organization and your employees. No matter which way you are trying to engage your employees, it should align with the goals and objectives of the organization. We hope this article helps you in managing your remote team in the best way possible.

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Jonathon Spire

Jonathon Spire

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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.

– Jon