Remote working is now established as the norm for many companies. A recent survey by the Chartered Institute of Management (CMI) found that over 80% of firms have switched to a remote or hybrid working model since the pandemic began, the BBC reports. While differences of opinion remain on the benefits of WHF, it’s a trend that is set to stay with us.
For managers, remote working has presented a set of new challenges to be met. Keeping a home-based team working productively and happily is of course possible, but it requires a different approach to managing an office-based team. Here are some common mistakes to avoid.
1. Poor communication
Communication is key to successful remote working, or staff can easily feel left out of the loop. Misunderstandings and resentment can also build up if channels of communication are not kept open. Establish which methods you expect team members to communicate by, e.g., phone, video, email, and how often they should be checked.
2. Inadequate technology
If the company is running an outdated or poorly managed IT system, it is taking huge risks with both productivity and security. Slow cumbersome programs will hinder the progress and accuracy of even the most diligent of workers. Old and poorly maintained IT is also more vulnerable to hacking and malware attacks.
3. Not fostering a good team morale
In an office, it is usually easier to have those informal water cooler moments to bond with colleagues, or iron out minor problems. When working remotely, a little more effort is needed to create a well-motivated team.
Pre-schedule meetings at least once a week with the whole team, and have a window available for one-to-one discussions with employees for a general chat about how they are getting on. This will nip any potential problems in the bud, and help you build a rapport with individual team members.
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