Managing your remote or hybrid team can be difficult. You must accommodate your employees’ changing circumstances while treating your team members fairly.
Keeping your employees on the same page and helping them manage stress can be challenging. There may be issues involving communication, engagement, and productivity as well.
As a result, you need a strategy to unite your team, maintain performance, and reach business goals. The following suggestions can help.
Implement these tips to help your Twin Cities team succeed in a remote or hybrid work environment.
Let your team know about your work practices and protocols. This includes which parts of your company’s culture will remain and which will change.
For instance, clarify how and when you will communicate and who has access to which information. Also, mention who needs to be in specific meetings and who must participate in specific decisions.
Discuss whether to include all team members in communications and whether everyone needs to acknowledge each message. Also, set guidelines for whether to use the phone, email, videoconference, a communication channel, or in-person communication to discuss an issue.
Find out how your team members want to plan their work hours. For instance, your remote employees may want to fit in work around their personal needs. However, your hybrid employees may want more structure. This requires discussion to reach a compromise.
Maintain regular contact with your team. For instance, have socially distant conversations with your in-office employees and video calls with your remote employees. Talk about their circumstances and concerns.
Your employees may feel anxious or resentful about their work environment. Whereas some may not want to return to the office, others may be concerned about being passed over for promotions because they work remotely.
Let your employees talk openly about how they feel. Actively listen and provide support. Show you are committed to helping however possible.
Emphasize that your remote employees are as productive as your onsite employees. This minimizes the bias that working in the office means employees accomplish more.
For instance, hold team meetings through videoconferencing. Having everyone appear on camera, even if they are at the office, helps equalize your employees. Also, remind your employees not to exclude remote team members during in-office work conversations. This emphasizes the importance of letting all team members contribute to a discussion.
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