Your Guide to Remote Team Management

May 25, 2020

Your Guide to Remote Team Management

Working remotely is a trend that has been on the rise for many years, and the coronavirus pandemic caused more people than ever to work from home. While the topic of remote work has been covered extensively through the eyes of the employee, what about the managers who must oversee the production of remote teams?

Whether you’re managing one person or a dozen team members across multiple departments, overseeing remote employees can be daunting. Between varying time zones and work hours to multiple communication channels and reporting systems, managing a remote team takes coordination, consistency, and time.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 forced many businesses to rush their processes and systems for handling remote team management—leading to inefficiencies, communication gaps, and lost revenue. 

While the coronavirus outbreak threw gasoline on the remote work movement, there’s reason to believe that the virtual office will grow more prevalent following the pandemic. A recent study of 300 US CFOs by Gartner found that 74% expect to see an increase in permanent remote work for their employees moving forward.

Managers need to work on their remote management skills for immediate and long-term purposes. While managing remote teams is hard, it’s not impossible. 

Follow this guide on remote team management to help you fine-tune your leadership techniques for employees working from home. 

A few topics that we will cover include:

  • Keeping employees motivated and engaged
  • Fostering productivity in remote workers
  • Creating a healthy remote work-life balance
  • Handling distractions from a managerial stance
  • Introducing remote work policies to your team
  • Finding the right tools for the remote job

About the Author

Derek Miller

Derek Miller

Derek Miller is a writer specializing in entrepreneurship, small business, and digital marketing. His work has featured in sites like Entrepreneur, GoDaddy, Score.org, and StartupCamp. He’s currently the CMO of Smack Apparel, the content guru at Great.com, and a marketing consultant for small businesses.

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