Having a remote team gives you an opportunity to work with the best talents from different countries and timezones, avoid the cost of having a physical office and give your team the freedom to work from home or while traveling.
Being a part of remote team gives a good work-life balance, where you can easily build your work day around your family and private life, hobbies or anything else that you would like to do. When combined with totally or partially flexible work hours, this is really a chance to get the best out of every day.
However, remote work brings a lot of challenges as well. It is not always easy to communicate, bond or build a company culture when team members are spread across different timezones and even continents. It is not always easy to keep track over the progress of different projects, give feedback, have meetings…
Luckily, there are some easy-to-implement tips that can make your life easier when it comes to remote projects, whether you’re a team leader, team member or business owner…
1. Find Ways To Encourage Team Morale
Just because the team is not sitting in the same physical office, doesn’t mean you can’t have a strong company culture and good team spirit.
Some of the ways to keep a good team morale is to celebrate all the small and big successes along the way. You can do this via messages, video conferences and so on. It can also be a good idea to have a bit fun with GIFs and jokes.
2. Communicate in Detail: Define the Goals, Timeline and Responsibilities
It is highly important that everyone knows the direction where you’re heading, the steps that will take you there and the people responsible for each of them. When you have a remote project, it is even more crucial.
Remember to communicate thoroughly when it comes to the goals, timeline and responsibilities. And keep communicating during all phases of the project as well. It’s better to over-share some information, than to forget to share some detail that will be important along the way.
3. Be Open To Feedback
Communication is crucial, as we already said. This means that you should always be open to feedback, both positive and negative. You should create a company culture where it is OK to give open feedback on everything, and where “negative feedback” is viewed like an opportunity to improve.
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