Relationships are a key factor for successful businesses. Without a happy team, your progress slows, quality drops, and communication becomes a nightmare. Remote workers are just as productive and hard working as in-house team members, but they need different management so they don’t feel left out or unappreciated. Use these 4 tips for successful virtual team building to ensure that your business never falls behind.
- Communicate Daily – Hold regular meetings with your team, request demos of their work, and make yourself available when they need to ask questions. Keeping in touch about how tasks are going, expectations, and possible issues means your team will stay on top of things – not fall behind. This approach also allows you as a manager to better assess your team members' strengths and weaknesses, so you can assign tasks and complete projects with the right people.
- Say Thank You – Never forget the power of acknowledgement. Team members always enjoy the occasional “thank you” and “good job,” but that can be more difficult to communicate through email or text chat when you have a virtual team. When a team member accomplishes something difficult or goes above and beyond, remember to show your appreciation to keep your team’s motivation up.
- Engage Your Team – Fully integrate remote team members into your company meetings – not just your in-house staff. If you have company programs like wellness programs or sales incentives, be sure you’re talking about the activities, updates, and results with your virtual staff so they are included. Working remotely can leave workers feeling cut off from the rest of the office, so be sure to show your virtual workers that they’re part of the team.
- Have a Conversation - Get to know your virtual team members. When time allows, ask them about their hobbies, daily life, and families. With remote workers, you don’t have the opportunity for water cooler talk, so as a manager, you’ll need to make time to get to know your team. Bonding is a huge part of successful teams, so don’t underestimate the use of taking time to chat.
Virtual teams can be extremely successful when managed in the best way possible. Keep the lines of communication open and show your appreciation for a job well done. With these management tips, you’ll keep your team members happy and engaged.
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