The modern market forces to flexibility, both business owners and employees. Especially the former, often running international businesses and, thus, hiring staff from various parts of the world. Such the situation, in turn, imposes the adjustment of the work system as well as the management style. For one thing, more flexible working conditions attract the best people and provide the competitive advantage, for the other, the relationship between the boss and subordinates changes. The result of that change may be, for instance, the reduction in supervision, but not necessarily less frequent contacts or lack of dialogue.
Remote management is demanding, no doubt. It means that one needs to acquire new managerial skills to coordinate their employees well. What skills? Just check the list below:
Use Mobile Technology
It allows employees to focus on their work and to better communicate with you and the rest of your staff. Technology enabling communication, collaboration and sharing of information, both hardware and software, is crucial here. A good solution may be Slack.
Do Not Send Hundreds Of Emails
Reports show that 50% of employees think they get too much information and 68% of them say they make them less productive. What is more, a manager must trust their remote subordinates, allowing them a certain amount of freedom to manage their working time. Otherwise, the effect would be opposite to the one intended. It is advisable to ask them for daily updates or progress reports, but sending them messages should be reduced to a minimum, for example, necessary documents.
Talk Is The Basis Of Progress
Regular face-to-face or group conversations via Skype will allow you not in a too pushy way to monitor work progress. Furthermore, employees will feel part of the team. Employees are more productive if they are satisfied with their working conditions.
Introduction of new employees to colleagues on the company’s premises provides a better understanding of the work culture and forms the basis for future relationships with co-workers and managers. Therefore, do not neglect social meetings just because you don’t like them.
Have All In Writing
If you wish to have work done well, clearly define the scope of competences and responsibilities by writing down something of the ”Remote Work Regulations.” Make a new contract, specifying how many hours each remote employee has to spend on work, how often they have to report to you and how often you will require reports of their work.
TO SUM UP
Nobody said that managing remote employees will be easy. But it is a must to success-oriented companies to take this challenge. All you have to do is to make a few changes in the thinking and organization of work, which will allow remote personnel to work more creatively, efficiently and comfortably.