Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the work-from-home arrangement has become a necessity for people across the globe. More than 1 Million Filipinos were affected by the virus, and almost 370 thousand Filipinos are working from home.
This caused managers to lead a remote team. It can be a scary thought for team leaders. If you’re one of those people, we have curated tips that can help you successfully manage your team:
1. Have a weekly check-in
Always give time to talk to your team through video calls on a weekly basis. It’s important to set the agenda for the week and provide feedback to your team’s outputs face-to-face.
There are various applications you can use for video chats, such as Zoom and Google Hangouts. These applications are easy-to-use and have free features that you can utilize
2. Communicate with your team
Communication will always be the key, and there should be regular communication between you and your team in order to achieve success. Talking with your teammates can also help reduce the feeling of isolation - especially during challenging times.
3. Make use of technology
It is important to keep your team connected to ensure that communication flows freely among your team. There are the usual emails, but you can take advantage of new communication tools such as Slack or Microsoft Teams which are more suited for collaboration among teams.
4. Manage expectations
Create a set of realistic expectations for you and your team, especially during times of global crisis. During your weekly check-ins, clearly state the tasks of each team member, and explain how you will measure the success of these tasks.
Define the scope, deadlines, and deliverables for each project your team is working on. This will help the whole team be aware of the progress of the project.
5. Be flexible
Always keep in mind that people are going through a lot during global emergencies. Not only that but people can also undergo troubling times. It isn’t an excuse for not getting things done, but this can be your chance to change your definition of productivity.
In a work-from-home arrangement, working for eight hours straight isn’t ideal anymore. Instead, allow your team to be flexible and trust your team that they are doing their best to produce outstanding results each day.