Create a daily and weekly routine
You may already have a weekly meeting where your remote team is discussing the current and upcoming projects. That’s great. Are you using these meetings to focus and tackle those issues team members have identified? Not only can these standing meetings keep everyone informed, you can also use them to brainstorm solutions. Using tools like the online whiteboard Miro, you’ll see your team become more comfortable challenging ideas and think creatively together.
Be available for your remote team
As a leader, how available are you for your team outside these team meetings? You may say “always!” When your calendar is blocked the entire time, how do your team members now you are free? All too often, it’s What’s Apping while attending a Zoom call.
To make it easy for them and yourself, block off 15-30 minutes every day. Dedicate this time for your remote team members to call or zoom you on a spontaneous basis. It allows your employees to bring up issues they don’t feel comfortable discussing during the team calls, especially if they need your undivided attention for a few minutes.
Focus on the goals
How often have your goals been adjusted since they’ve been set at the beginning of the year? Probably numerous times and it’s easy to be confused about what the latest objectives are.
If your team members are uncertain about what priorities they should set, support them and help them build a work plan. During your 1-1 meetings, go through these plans, track how they are progressing and guide them. You can also identify where your team member needs to develop. Watch how your meetings will boost their understanding and growth.
Build in some daily fun time
It’s easy to turn off the laptop after another long day and jump to the home activities. Let’s not forget, many employees working from home also have their kids remote learning. While there’s no commute, work can be just as stressful.
Have some fun as a remote team. Have one joint lunch per week. Do a short quiz or karaoke session. Start the day with a 10-minute-long coffee meeting. Host a small camp fire at your desk. Dance it off. Finish the week with a virtual happy hour.
A team is much more than just working together, as Babe Ruth said: “The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.”
Contact us and see how we can support you building high-performing remote teams where trusting leaders and highly engaged employees are laser focused on achieving common goals.