By Chris Christoff, co-founder of MonsterInsights
Do you like the idea of working from home? If so, you're not alone. Recent data conducted by GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com revealed that 4.7 million employees work from home at least part time. As we start the new decade, many experts predict that remote work will become the norm for many small to medium-sized businesses.
If you're thinking of working as a remote leader, you probably have some questions about how you'll manage your team. The idea of overseeing people from around the world seems daunting at first, but it's easier than you think.
Let's take a look at three simple and effective leadership techniques you should keep in mind when you're working with a remote team.
Make team meetings a priority.
Without proper communication, your remote company will come to a standstill. People need to understand the different phases of each project and their roles in the process. Weekly team meetings can help improve the way you communicate with your team, and how employees bond with one another.
When you're setting up weekly meetings, I suggest dividing your departments up into separate meeting groups if you have 50-plus employees. For instance, you would host a meeting for your development and media team separately.
Assign goals to your employees, called key performance indicators (KPIs), that they need to complete every week. During the meeting, have everyone go over their KPIs and what they plan on doing the following week. This tactic will help you lead your team and streamline projects, which results in less stress for everyone.
Simply schedule a meeting for the same time and day each week, and use a program such as Zoom or Skype to host your meetings.
Use similar tools and software.
If your team is using different tools and software when working on a project, there could be some confusion that makes leading difficult. I suggest finding the best software and tools that come with business packages and buying licenses for your staff.
There are plenty of benefits to managing a team if everyone is using the same software. First, you'll be able to access reports that feature information on what each employee has completed with their license. Now that you know this information, you can start managing time and scheduling in such a way that improves the flow between your various departments.
Additionally, when everyone is using the same product, it's much easier to troubleshoot when someone has an issue. If your employee needs help with the software they're using, but it's new to you, you won't be able to lead effectively. If everyone is on the same page, you can take the training and learn to help your remote staff via screensharing or text instructions.
Focus on employee development.
Your priority should be turning your remote staff into their best possible selves. Training and quarterly reviews are great ways to focus on employee development and help your team grow while they are employed with your business.
When you focus on educating and improving your staff, they notice. Chances are, an educational class on a topic relative to your niche could improve their morale and confidence. Look for online classes that you can buy or download that give your employees a comprehensive experience with good reviews.
Quarterly reviews are about telling your employees what they are doing right and where they can improve. The purpose is to help shape each person into an engaged and happy employee. While this doesn't work for everyone, most experts agree that high-developed employees stay longer and are more passionate about their work.
Back to you.
Online offices are quickly becoming the preferred working arrangement for business owners and employees. Over the next decade, I expect to see many businesses leave traditional offices for an online work environment. If you plan on succeeding in a management position while working from home, these tips will help you get started.
Chris Christoff is the co-founder of MonsterInsights, the leading WordPress plugin for Google Analytics.