3 Tips for maintaining a successful remote team

The Boss wants you back in the office. Rather, that’s what the Wall Street Journal is claiming in its latest digital article release.  And while #RemoteWorkers is trending on LinkedIn, we thought we would hop in while the conversation is hot.

Just in case you missed the article from the WSJ, here’s a little summary:

  1. Big businesses are dialing back on their work from home policies in favor of a more collaborative and productive office environment.
  2. And some businesses are even trying to put a stop to working at home completely.
  3. Employees who WFH spend an average of 3.1 hours a day just “toiling at home,”  according to the Labor Department’s American Time Use Survey
  4. And in sum, employees are having a very challenging time jumping back into working from a traditional office.

Is having a remote staff going to quickly become a way of the past? Or, is working from home a way of the future- a progressive idea for any blooming business to take a hold of and run with?

Well, here’s a snippet of what people are saying (not so silently) on linkedin:

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(want to read more opinions? Just visit the #RemoteWorkers hashtag on linkedin)

Our two cents?  Having a team of dedicated, hard-working, SMART, dependable employees is a challenge that every business faces.  Creating a team of rockstar talent and making sure they follow up and follow through with their day-to-day is challenging, regardless of a “butts-in-seats” mentality.

Building a solid remote team has everything to do with inter-office community support. We echo CEB’s latest article on the importance of social support when working from home:

…research has demonstrated the link between social support at work, lower rates of burnout, and greater work satisfaction and productivity. After all, the most important factor in work happiness, a UK study showed, is positive social relationships with coworkers. Workplace engagement is associated with positive social relations that involve feeling valued, supported, respected, and secure.

You can catch the full article here, or read on for a summary.  And while building and supervising a remote team can be tough, there are a few guidelines you can use to make it a bit easier on yourself and the office community as a whole.

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3 TIPS FOR MAINTAINING A SUCCESSFUL REMOTE TEAM:

  1.  Ensure frequent and forward looking career conversations are happening between employees and managers
  2. Create face-to-face interactions at a central hub to ensure relationships are being built and to establish a community vibe
  3. Give employees continuous feedback that focuses on outcomes rather than processes

In short, maintaining a remote team can be a major challenge. You have to be sure you are staffed with the go-getters and self-starters of the work force.  And checking in often and creating a community vibe with key office counterparts is a MUST-DO.  Having a remote team may not work for everyone, but we think that embracing the #workfromanywhere mentality is definitely worth a shot!

But please, do us a favor and sound off in the comments below. We know that remote work is such a hot button topic- and we would love to hear your input on what is and what isn’t working for you.

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