Have you ever worked with a virtual team before? They are becoming more common than ever… In the past decade there has been an explosion of remote workforce…
Some companies have even eliminated their physical office spaces completely. It may sound crazy to some, but if done right, it can be an extremely cost effective way to manage a team.
While convenient, finding managers who can effectively supervise virtual workers is KEY!
Some challenges virtual teams face:
- Differing time zones
- Finding effective Managers
- Finding Managers who can coach honestly and virtually
So how do you find effective Managers for your virtual team? HIRE THOSE THAT HAVE WORKED VIRTUALLY BEFORE. They also need to be able to provide positive reinforcement, honest feedback, and not be afraid to call someone out on low productivity.
These individuals understand how this structure of work is vastly different than that of a traditional office setting; they are aware of the type of communication needed to not only make sure the team is productive and satisfied.
Whether you have an existing virtual team or are in the process of developing one, it is so important that you have a leader that understands the unique challenges of working remotely. This is the type of understanding that can only be had through personal experience.
Working with clients across all industries in all parts of the country, I have learned a few tips and tricks to ease the juggling between co-workers and differences in time zones…I wanted to share a few. Check them out – I hope you find them as helpful as I have in bridging the gap in communication when not working side-by-side in an office.
✔️ Video Conferencing: Ensures that content is being properly shared and presented.
Free option – Skype
Skype is one of the most popular video conferencing options among virtual workplaces. You can make voice calls, instant message, screen share, and share documents through Skype and do it all via your phone or computer!
✔️ Project Management: Prevents duplication of work and oversees productivity.
Free option – Meistertask
Meistertask is a very user-friendly project and task management platform that is completely customizable for all projects. The flexible project boards and intuitive environment make it a great free solution for teams of all sizes.
✔️ Time Management: View how employees are spending their time so that projects can be scoped and billed accordingly.
Free option – Harvest
Harvest not only precisely tracks time, but can also track expenses, and create and send invoices online. The features within this platform can help assess performance and estimate time needed for future tasks and projects.
Are there any tools that you use with your remote team? Shoot me a note – I love adding tools to my toolbox!
And if you are looking to dive deeper into finding the A players who have worked remotely before – let’s chat. Give me a call at 612-844-0278 or schedule a quick call directly on my calendar HERE.
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