Remote work offers some big advantages like flexibility and better work-life balance. With just a little effort and planning to engage and support your team, it can also bring improved productivity, job satisfaction and professional development. Here are some tips to keep your remote team connected and thriving.
Choose the right platforms for your team and determine how you’ll use them. Scoro and Asana are great for managing workflows and documenting project milestones, conversations directly related to projects and deadlines. Slack is a great communication tool for more casual and personal conversations. We’ve found it helpful to designate channels for project-related communication and others for personal. Clear definitions and expectations are never bad.
Get out from behind the screen for some regular in-person get-togethers like monthly team lunches or quarterly happy hours. This is what we’ve adopted at M&C, and it’s been a great way to stay in touch and not let too much time pass between IRL moments with each other.
This is the secret to delegation, increased productivity and fewer errors. Beyond facilitating better work, one-on-one conversations are also a great way to connect with people in a personal way. Well executed one-on-ones > endless, meandering meetings.
Establish In-Office Days
Even if you’re 100% remote optional, it helps to have designated days when the office is available to team members. A place where coworkers have a space to meet with good coffee and quiet for concentration. Some people just need a change of pace in work environment. This kind of availability is a great way to foster collaboration and makes it more likely that people will make time to get together in person to work on projects.
Go the Extra Mile and Pay Attention
You can’t rely on proximity or things just “coming up” when you’re remote. Instead, challenge yourself to pay attention to moods, mark milestones and notice what is said—or not said—when you’re together and when you’re interacting digitally. And be sure to check in and follow up with individual team members regularly. It takes extra effort, but there’s simply no alternative. Plus, it’s lovely to be a caring, thoughtful human—there’s no way you can lose here.
Have a few extra tickets or registrations to an upcoming industry event or gathering? Invite your team to join you. It’s a perfect opportunity to get together, talk about your craft and network with others in your sector.
Every team is different. Find out what’s most meaningful for yours and run with it.