Monday, Nov 18 2019

Effective Ways to Manage Remote Employees

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Effective Ways to Manage Remote Employees

An increasing number of companies are embracing the idea of remote work. Often, this allows them to hire top talent regardless of where the professional is located, which can be incredibly beneficial in today’s tight labor market. Additionally, remote employees are typically at least as productive (if not more so) than their in-house counterparts and also allow businesses to reduce various overhead expenses.

 

However, some challenges come with managing remote employees. It isn’t possible to physically monitor a remote worker, and it may be more difficult to review their work or provide feedback. Additionally, if you are overseeing multiple remote staff members, keeping their activities coordinated might not be simple.

 

But, by taking the right approach, you can experience many of the benefits of remote employees with fewer of the drawbacks. Here are some effective ways to manage your remote workforce.

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.