Building and managing a remote team is harder than you think it is. It isn’t as feasible as people working in a dedicated office. Getting used to working remotely and fostering relationships within a virtual company has become the new normal.

Especially amid the COVID-19 situation, it has given rise to the remote working culture even when the companies have devoted offices and infrastructure.

No matter if you have gone from an offline setup to an online space, or planning to kickstart your business via working from home; you have reached the right place.  In this blog, we are going to cover how efficiently you can build a strong remote team and manage it simultaneously.

How To Hire The Right Sets Of Remote Employees

Hiring Remote EmployeesFirst thing’s first, to manage a remote team, you need to hire the right set of people to work efficiently in a remote working environment. To build a strong remote team, you must streamline your hiring process.

When working remotely, there are certain qualities that your ideal candidate should possess, those are-

> Top-notch collaborative and responsive skills

> Effective communication and time management skills

> Ability to work individually and in a team

> Relevant skills and zeal to learn over any fancy degree

> Empathy towards other team members

> Responsible and Go-getter attitude

> Strong sense of accountability

> Self-disciplined

If your company wants to expand its footprints through digitizing its business, external help is also something to rely on when it comes to building and managing a remote team.

Hiring remote website and app developers, UI/UX designers to take care of the technological side of your business is also taken up by remote companies.

How To Manage Your Remote Team

After hiring, comes the tricky part, managing and organizing! Let’s look at a few ways to do that effectively.

1. Online Stand-Ups Once A Week Makes Everyone Lively

Remote Team Meetings

Connecting virtually even once a week forms the crux of keeping your team members bonded together. Starting the week with a pep talk can help the remote workers and employees inflict a doze of motivation and encourage them to work harder for the upcoming days.

Also, an online meet up helps establish weekly goals and a concrete strategy on how to go about achieving the same. Having a schedule for your workday to manage it well and streamlining the flow for assigning & managing tasks accordingly. 

This also presents an opportunity for the employees to resolve their questions and queries around their work responsibilities and deliverables planned for the entire week with the team members and the managers.

What’s in it for you?

> Builds trust via making each remote employee feel heard

> Keeping the management and the employees on the same page

> Transparency and clarity on the expectations from each of the team members

> Increases efficiency in completing the job on a timely basis

2. Make Technology Your Best Friend When Working Remotely

You cannot oversee the potential of the web and mobile application services that have come to our rescue in these unpreceded times. Relying on online tools for video conferencing and even project management has made the whole remote working far simpler and more agile.

 Meeting someone nowadays is just a link away via Google Meet, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams. The flexibility to schedule a quick meet, chat, and share files related to your work, has ditched the conventional styles of communicating through emails which have become a tradition of the past now.

Similarly, project management mobile and desktop versions of Slack, Trello, Asana, etc have proved to be exceptional for taking care of all the workflow in the team. You can easily allot tasks, keep a track of deadlines attached with each task, keep a tap on its progress, import and export files, as well as create notes as and where required. Make sure to leverage either of these tools to make the most out of your day-to-day remote working and communication barrier-free.  

What’s in it for you? 

> Helps give an easy overview of how remote employees day looks like

> Hassle-free allotment of work by the management

> All these apps can be easily installed on mobile devices for smooth accessibility 

> Eliminating the chances to miss important deadlines and reminders

> Project Management Apps work like a to-do list which can be easily struck off when a task is completed

3. Keep The Channels Of Communications Open At All Times

Remote Team Communication

The key to a nurturing remote working relationship starts with effective and transparent communication. The channels of communication should be always open, especially when your employees are working from home and are trapped in a virtual setup.

It makes them feel they are not working under a rock and makes them easily approach you without any hesitation. A trustworthy remote working culture is determined by the kind of approachability you hold and maintain for the remote workers. An effective way is always to arrange a face-to-face meeting over video calls instead of phone calls.

What’s in it for you?

> Better understanding and coordination of the management and its people

> Human touch instead of getting a feeling of disconnect from the management

> Efficient decision making and planning to get work done fast

4. Avoid Micromanaging Otherwise There Won’t Be Left To Manage Much

It’s a bitter truth but indeed a fact. Micromanaging does no good to you as an organization as well as to your remote workers. You need to trust your employees with their duties and responsibilities instead of watching their every move.

Micromanaging can do more harm than good. The key to operating a remote business efficiently is to let your team perform and execute tasks in the best possible way they can. Scrutiny is however required when you look at the result and it’s not quite what you thought it to be or can be better. That is when you should ideally come up with suggestions or modifications for your team to implement the same.

This benefits your employees to develop confidence with the work they do, otherwise, they might end up feeling you don’t have faith in their capabilities and trust them with the project at hand. 

What’s in it for you?

> You don’t turn your employees anxious and they can always deliver their best

> Helps you focus on the bigger picture (the outcome)

> Boosts employee morale which reflects in their attitudes

5. Celebrate The Small Wins Of Individuals And Team Members

Remote Awards & RecognitionRemote working employees deserve to be appreciated and recognized for the milestones they achieve even in a virtual set-up. Organizing rewards and recognition over a video call to take time out for appreciating the dedicated faces who outshined inflicts a positive work environment too. You can conduct these types of sessions either monthly, quarterly, or even yearly.

When you choose to award the employees who deserve all the spotlight on them, it makes other remote workers equally competent and performs better than what they did. Working at home with a remote team can be monotonous and may feel like being captured in a void, this on the other hand helps to put some energy into the team.

What’s in it for you?

> Positive remote culture is maintained

> Personal development is taken care of the employees

> A boost to increase the overall productivity of the company

> Self-motivated and hardworking personnel

Wrapping It Up

Managing and developing a remote team needs to be strengthened with determination, perseverance, and patience. Ultimately, it all comes down to how well you take care of the people you work with.

The team grows stronger automatically when they are delighted to be associated with you. The hefty paychecks may make them happy, but a healthy remote culture will make them stay.

Looking for a reliable and loyal remote team of technocrats? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

At Quokka Labs, we treat your projects like ours and would be more than happy to take ownership and responsibility on your behalf.

You won’t regret trusting a company that got recognized as one of the Top Web & Mobile App Development Companies in India by Clutch and Good firms.

Categories: Remote Teams

2 Comments

ThinkStart Private Limited · May 31, 2021 at 11:58 am

These are great tips for project management skills which are very useful and interesting. It is appreciable and thanks for sharing a wonderful piece of stuff.
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    Supratika Nandi · May 31, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    Glad you found it relevant 🙂

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