Due to CO-VID19 there is an increase in remote working. Here we provide our six recommendations for managing remote working teams in this uncertain time:
- Align your remote working teams on a goal to give purpose
The goal is shared, even if the location is not. When worldwide events are uncertain, simple, clearly defined objectives and key results become even more critical and powerful. Refer the team back to your Strategic Guidance Document, or if you are writing one for the first time, list the impact of the COVID19 virus as a risk to ensure it is current
- Set your camera to ‘on’
For video-conferencing, ensure that your team always sets their camera on all devices to ‘on’ so that all team members can read the room and see reactions to their work first hand. The most important aspect of teamwork is communication and collaboration and static photos or emojis don’t work when progress and updates are being shared remotely.
- Screenshot your headshot
Each time you catch up with a team member you don’t speak with often, take a screen shot of your catch up and share it amongst the team so others can feel connected. At ADAPTOVATE, as a global consulting firm with limited team office interaction, we purposefully join each other on ‘Coffee Carousel’ chats co-ordinated frequently so that we hear each other’s news and work updates.
- Don’t be #slack on #slack status
When you hop on #slack (the work messaging communications tool with the fitting company slogan “we’re all in this together”), ask your teams to frequently update and customise their status so everyone knows their whereabouts and is informed frequently on their capacity to work. This means others in the team can take on tasks on your behalf if necessary to get the job done.
- Upskill on the power of online shared tools
Miro, Atlassian’s JIRA and Trello, Microsoft Teams and Sharepoint all enable online editing features and comments for global teams to work on the same project and update status and documents concurrently. Use this time as an opportunity to upskill your teams on the power of these for your remote project work.
- Don’t underestimate the power of a remote celebration or shared ‘virtual’ walk and talk
Our teams still need recognition, regardless of their work environment.
In the office, we’re familiar with cakes for birthdays and trips to the barista as opportunities for a quick social catch up and ‘ringing bells’ when sales milestones are achieved.When a project milestone is hit or a business metric smashed, call it out on your socials and internal communications channels. At ADAPTOVATE we host ‘Walk and Talk’ meetings where we literally walk and talk to have conversations and share good news. Keep walking and talking, just Skype, Facetime or #slack video your respective walks as you talk. The change of environment walking in different locations may bring great and unexpected outcomes for the team dynamic.