Hire the Right Professionals
Not every professional is an ideal remote employee. Without the right kind of attitude and a high degree of discipline, a worker may take advantage of the lack of direct oversight. As a result, when you hire for a remote position, focus on candidates who are self-motivated, results-driven, and well organized. Additionally, focus on strong communicators and those who have great problem-solving skills.
It’s also helpful if remote employees are tech-savvy, even if they aren’t in an IT role. Most remote work relies heavily on technology, so being comfortable with troubleshooting basic issues increases the odds that they can handle small problems on their own when they arise.
Set Clear Expectations
Since it’s harder to check in on remote employees randomly, you need to let them know precisely what you want done and when you expect it to be handled. By having clear expectations, formal timelines, and other forms of guidance, your remote team members better understand their goals as well as how their performance is evaluated. Essentially, you are giving them a framework that leads them straight to success, and most remote employees will be happy to embrace it.
Have Progress Tracking Processes
Having options available that allow you to track the progress of your remote employees can provide you with a lot of peace of mind. Plus, you can determine when you need to intervene (if at all) based on what you’re seeing.
Several tech tools are focused on task and project tracking. However, you can also use daily or weekly update emails, chat messages, or phone calls if you prefer not to invest in a new solution.
Focus on Communication
Neither you nor your remote employee can easily drop in for a conversation. As a result, communication needs to be a priority for you and then, ensuring that, if either of you has a question or need input, you can get the information you need in a timely manner.
Collaboration software can be an ideal option. Usually, these solutions support chat-style messaging as well as voice and video calls. Often, file sharing is also built-in, which is convenient.
However, this only works if the two of you are generally available on these platforms. Make sure to set clear expectations regarding their availability. Additionally, make a commitment to them regarding when you’ll be online, ensuring you both feel confident that, when discussions need to occur, everyone is reachable.
The Armada Group Can Assist with Your Management Needs
By using the tips above, you can effectively manage remote employees. If you’d like to learn more, the staff at The Armada Group can help. Contact usto discuss your questions with one of our specialists today and see how our remote workforce management expertise can benefit you.