As a Startup, there are many benefits you derive when you put together a remote team. Some of them include widening your team to include both local and international talents, eliminating the need for an office and so on.
This doesn’t go without mentioning that operating a remote comes with its own issues too, one of such issues is that remote employees may begin to feel isolated and become disengaged from their work.
Even with the challenges mentioned above, having a remote team can bring you huge advantages if your team is properly managed. Which is why in this post, I am going to be looking at three points that can help you build a successful Remote Team.
Trust is essential
Employee-employer and employee-employee relationships must become partnerships, that is, carefully maintained transformational leadership environments.
Although there is definitely going to be a leader in the team, a ‘Monitor to Mentor’ approach should be adopted, instead of command and control. These involve giving them autonomy and letting them make their own decisions, avoid micromanage. Have faith in their abilities and let them prove their trustworthiness to you. You hired these people, so trust your judgment and their efforts. Once you do, you’ll see the relationship flourish.
Open the door for easy Communication
It’s important to keep your remote employees up to date with any and all news regarding the company. When your team members are informed about what is going within the company, they feel in the know and excited about the future. Aside from company matters, remote work can also leave employees unaware of what’s going on with the rest of the team, or even feeling like their own work is going unacknowledged. You can prevent this disconnect and boost team morale at the same time by publicly recognizing individual and group accomplishments.
⏩ Playgroup trivia
⏩ Watch a movie and discuss it
⏩ Form a book club
⏩ Share your favorite YouTube video
Building a Remote team has its own challenges, but the benefits are really worth it in the long run. When you build trust within the team, encourage relationships and open the door of communication, you will reap the rewards that come with running a remote team. Now is the time to work in this as many employees prefer to work remotely.