Biz Tips: How to Develop and Run a Successful Remote Team

Biz Tips: How to Develop and Run a Successful Remote Team


How to Develop and Run a Successful Remote Team

Technology has changed the way we think about working environments. According to an IWG study, 70% of people work remotely at least once a week. Working from anywhere you like (from an exotic island or simply from home) is a dream for many employees.

But remote teamwork also has its challenges. As a business owner myself, I know how difficult it can be to build and run a successful remote team. Luckily there are a few proven tricks you can use to create an awesome work atmosphere and a strong company culture among your team members wherever they are.

1. Daily Stand-Ups

Daily stand-ups are an activity that can help you improve your team’s spirit on a daily basis. How does it work? Stephen Hart, the CEO of Cardswitcher explains.

At the beginning of a working day every person has to stand up and answer three questions — what did you do yesterday, what will you do today and what impediments or problems do you have?

These three questions will help people discover what other members of their team are doing and have more understanding of their particular role within the company. Also, the stand-up will help your team members stay on track with what they have to do day after day and ensure that they are at the same page with other members of the team and the management.

Daily stand-ups don’t have to take a lot of time. If your employees answer precisely to every question, you’ll probably spend about 10 to 15 minutes a day on your stand-up activities. Stand-ups for remote teams can be easily organised through Slack, Skype and Hangouts. Just send everybody an invitation and have them join in at the appropriate time.

If your team is working in different time zones and can’t get together for daily stand-ups, there’s another efficient way to do it. Just distribute questionnaires and have your employees fill them out at the beginning of their working day; then gather all the questionnaires, and share them with other team members.

2. Encourage Professional Growth

Professional growth opportunities are very important for every member of the team. In a recent survey, a whopping 87% of millennials said that professional growth is an important factor for their job. This should come as no surprise considering that for this particular generation job is more than just earning a pay check. It’s a way of life.

People want to have the opportunity to constantly develop and learn new things. Building a satisfied team composed of happy workers means that you’ll have to answer those demands. Why not set aside one day every month to let people work on new skills together. This will undoubtedly keep your employees happy and strengthen your team spirit.

3. Organise In-Person Team Activities

As much as chatting, emailing and Skype conversations can be useful for creating a strong corporate culture, you mustn’t underestimate the importance of face to face communication. To keep the team spirit up, make sure to organise a series of in person team activities. The frequency of these activities will depend on the size and location of your team.

But no matter how scattered your remote team is, you can always organise a gathering on an exotic location at least once a year. This will be a great way to ensure that your team members get to know one another and bond with people they work with outside of work. Or you can set out on a get-together trip around the world yourself and meet your employees one by one on a location that’s convenient for them.

4. Find a Way to Avoid Burnouts

Many people think that the opportunity to work remotely without supervision will make employees slack off and work while being distracted by house chores and errands. However, the reality is quite different. Realising that the competition is fierce, many remote workers end up working more than necessary, and 8 hours of work, quickly turns into 13 hours of work.

That’s why you should make sure to keep an eye on your employees and encourage them to do something fun and to take some time off. Inspire them to take mini-vacations to recharge. You can even cover costs for a spa weekend or a trip to a local national park. It’s important to let your employees know that relaxing is important for improving productivity and that you as a business owner are fully aware of that.

Building a successful remote team can seem difficult because your employees are stuck in different parts of the globe and in different time zones. But if you follow these simple rules, soon you’ll realise that building a strong corporate culture is possible even when your staff members are miles away.

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