We put together an efficient team of enthusiastic professionals and now want to share with you our methods of work! Here are some tips based on our own experience!
Startups, software developers, and many other businesses cannot afford operating in a co-located mode. The schedules do not match, you need free-lancers and have to hand parts of your projects to outsource – there are millions of reasons. Some teams, being founded by different people from various places, naturally choose to work remotely.
In order to turn a remote team into an efficient instrument, take into consideration four main aspects: communication and tools, culture, team building, and productivity.
Team building. Hiring trustworthy “I-am-going-to-do-my-job-well” type of people is no easy task. Here are some great tips collected from other successful remote team managers:
- Hire responsible professionals who know how to get things done.
- Hire people who can work well independently.
- Pay employees well. Many professionals will stick to your team since high-paid remote jobs are hard to find.
- Trust your teammates and believe your own gut instinct. You hired that guy, so let him do his job.
- Make it easy for newcomers. Create guides and how-to training videos for new employees. It is hard to learn in a remote team!
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Team Culture. Working in a remote way does not mean that having strong relationships between your employees is not essential. The team spirit can overcome everything! What should you do to create unique culture within your remote team?
- Use video-chat, conference calls and other ways to inspire or talk to your teammates. Visual contact is more than just important! It is vital!
- Pair up your employees. Create a rule that would make your teammates work in small groups from time to time. It will help them get to know each other better and makes room for creativity!
- Promote team spirit. Don’t forget to send your employees greeting cards for their birthdays, talk to them about company goals and strategy; make them feel that they are an essential part of the team.
- Be personal. Talk to your colleagues “mano-a-mano”, foster their efforts and show them your gratitude.
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Communication and tools. Top-notch products are made with efficient equipment. A productive remote team must have tools to build their communication. What should you use? How do you make it bring in results?
- Make sure your employees know how to write. In a remote team less information is being communicated through talking. Having good writing skills is a must.
- Use modern information sharing tools. Google Drive for sharing files, Google Docs to work together on your documents.
- Find best communication platforms possible. You have to try a lot of different sites and services that allow you to connect people. Some people prefer using Slack, others create their own forums. Your goal is to make communication easy.
- Use the best tools for visual communication. Short briefings and virtual conferences is the way to go when running a remote team. Make sure everyone sees video in high quality and has no issues with participating in a conversation. Some nice examples are GoToMeeting and Skype.
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Productivity. Ensuring factual results is an obvious goal for a remote team manager. Here are some advices for you to follow in order to manage team’s productivity better.
- Have a roadmap. Use tools like Trello to show your team the main goals and priorities for the company.
- Track and measure each team member’s productivity. Write down everything that your employees do for the company, list their achievements; know who is dragging your team down and who’s bringing in the most profits.
- Balance between freedom and responsibilities. Let your employees work when they want and how long they want, but be strict about consistency and their work output.
- Make sure your production process is systematic. Implement sequences of actions (suggest – make a prototype – test – produce), make sure that your team is on the same page when going through your system.
Any remote team can become the best team you have ever worked with. There are ups and downs in neglecting the whole idea of co-located work, but you can surely make it work! Just like we did!