What Managers Need To Know About Managing Virtual Teams Successfully
As a result of the increase in the number of people who generally work from home, there is also an increasing need for effective management of remote employees to ensure that the company goals and targets are still being met and tasks are getting accomplished. Here are a few tips that managers today can use to effectively handle virtual teams.
As a good manager, one should always remember to organize physical meetings as part of managing virtual teams. Physical meetings provide an essential forum or platform where all the employees can meet, interact, have fun or do something together to feel that they are part of a team and this would usually lead to improved overall productivity. Depending on what the manager wants to achieve through this meeting, he or she can decide the nature of the meeting, whether it will be a formal venture such as an annual conference where they discuss the progress of work and the progress of the goals of the company so far as per that year, or whether it will be of an informal nature such as a retreat or annual party where the main objective is usually for the employees to interact, have fun, and feel more comfortable with each other as they celebrate the achievements of that year for a better work environment in the future. Through these meetings, the remote workers would be able to meet the rest of the group and this would help to feel like part of the team and beat the isolation feeling that they may be feeling from time to time, thus improving their productivity.
Yet another effective way of managing virtual teams is by coming up with communication charters for the remote workers to comply with. As per these communication charters, the employees would usually be required to send regular updates of the work done, preferable daily to you so that it will be easier to keep track of the jobs done and to ensure that they are being done correctly. For ease of work on both sides, these updates do not have to be long, just a few short precise lines would do.
It is also advisable for managers to make use of services such as messenger apps and document apps to ease communication with remote workers. These apps enable people to communicate in real time thus making communication faster and they also improve transparency since the communication can be done through group chats, where files are also shared.
Therefore, by using the above guidelines, one can create systems and processes that they can use to manage virtual teams effectively.