For many, working remote has become a new normal, quickly replacing days spent at the office, the job site or visiting customers with ones spent in your makeshift home office or remote workspace. For managers that oversee a group of employees as well as ongoing projects, this new workplace reality creates the added challenge of managing your team while remote. Here are a few suggestions on how you can stay organized and manage your team remotely.
Conduct One-on-On Employee Calls
Set aside time for one-on-one calls with each team member so that you can make sure that they are receiving the help they need and staying on track with assignments. You can easily schedule phone or video calls through applications such as Zoom, GoToMeeting or Free Conference Calls.
Schedule Safe Essential Site Visits
If your team has a customer or onsite meeting that cannot be conducted virtually, you can plan with your team a socially distanced visit by establishing safety guidelines upfront, such as remaining 6 feet apart and wearing masks and other appropriate PPE at all times. Read this CDC Work Protection Tool Checklist for other safety guidelines.
Use Instant Messaging Platforms
Collaborative messaging tools such as Slack and Flock allow you to easily communicate with your team about assignments, meetings and deadlines. These tools can also help your team stay updated as a whole and increase overall productivity.
Problem Solve with Screen Sharing Tech
Is your team experiencing a frequent issue with a program or have a question about a specific project? Programs like Skype Business enable screen sharing so you can virtually work through the issue with your team.
Organize Weekly Virtual Team Meetings
It’s important to connect with your entire team on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to ensure that everyone is working together, staying safe and meeting your team goals. Invite your team to a reoccurring meeting so that everyone has the event marked on their calendar well in advance.
Remotely Add Extra Space for Onsite Employees
As you adjust to your new workplace normal, you may discover that you or your team needs additional help with completing your next project safely. Find the workspace solutions you need on our website or speak to one of our experts.