Being the boss is never easy! Whether you are running a regular office or a virtual one, it is your job to manage your team and get the required tasks done on time no matter what the circumstances. Some circumstances might work in your favor and some you can control as well, but other such as a global pandemic is something you can’t control.
Corona Virus, which was previously declared as an epidemic, has been declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organization. This sudden change in the circumstances has every business owner, CEO, Board Members, and even the governmental heads in shock.
People’s lives are at stake, and the government is doing everything in their power to provide the public with what they need while empowering the health workers to fight the pandemic. But the economies are falling, which is why business owners need to keep their teams in place and have them work remotely from their homes.
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Running a team remotely isn’t always a good idea. We humans depend on interaction, whether social or official. Without it, it is hard to keep everyone in check, especially for the managers and the CEOs out there struggling to keep the businesses running.
So if you are struggling to manage your remote team during this coronavirus pandemic, then you have come to the right place. Today we are going to be looking at some of the tips that will help you manage your team and get the tasks done on time. So let us go ahead and jump right into it.
Set Clear and Precise Expectations
You need to keep reminding your employees that you are still in charge, and you will require to follow up on the work that they do daily. Whether you expect them to work 9-5 or a few hours a day, let them know whatever you have in mind. They need to know what is expected of them, and if you need to add the updated policies to their employment contract so that they know that it is serious.
It seems harsh, but that is what you, as an employer or a manager, need to do to keep your business running or to protect your job. Plus, since they are getting paid, they are required to work. It is no vacation but regular working days.
Instead of following up on the task, follow on their daily progress. The importance of documentation increases when there is a distance between you and your employees. Document every step that you take from assigning work to deadline and daily progress. It is best to create a shared file so that everyone can update their performance on their own, and you can have the data stored in one place.
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Maintain a Feedback Loop
Remote employees who are used to regular feedback can often feel isolated when you stop interacting with them on individual level. This can affect them psychologically and also their productivity levels. So even if you don’t have time to check on everyone on a daily basis, make sure to drop in a message asking about their progress. It is best to set up a daily video call to interact with your employees and make them feel like they still belong to the office that they used to work at.
You can never fully know what is going on in someone’s life, especially when they are stuck at home all day long. Video calls with the team might help some of them interact and would fulfill their social needs, but for some, a private conversation is a best-suited option. So monitor who each employee contributes during their video calls session, and if someone is falling behind, it is best to message them privately and ask if they are facing any problem with work or at home.
Choose Your Tools Wisely
Working from home means that you need to telecommunicate with your team members. In this case, you need to be sure that you are using the right tools for the job. Choosing the right tools is highly important for the success of the project. You need to be sure that all your team members know how to use the tool and whether that tool would be productive enough to cater to your needs.
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Slack is perfect for messaging, whereas Zoom and Skype are the go-to video conferencing tools that you can use. Other than that, WhatsApp works fine as well for social interacting. Google Drive or Mega, is best for sharing files and documents with your fellow team members. There are multiple other tools that you can go with as well. So do your research before you choose.
Remote working is fun, but remote managing isn’t fun. You can never fully know what your employees are up to and what you need to do to keep them in check, and things work differently for everyone. So, during these difficult times, all you can do is do your best and hope that your team coordinates with you on time to get the job done. To find the Virtual Offices in Dubai contact us on the details given below or fill this Quotation Form
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