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A Guide to Hiring and Managing Remote TeamsOPINION
by George Sordia, April 7, 2022
How to manage remote teams, and possibly grow those teams?
A million-dollar question in these times of COVID, but a necessity that many employees seem to like more than staying in an office.
Whether you’re an entrepreneur who wants to develop a young, dynamic, and productive team, or a manager who is assigned to developing and managing teams, in start-ups and most medium to small-sized firms, you will be the only one to hire, train, and lead a team.
If that is your story, this blog might help you learn how to do several things important for a hybrid workforce:
- Work with remote groups
- Make remote employees work better
- Selecting the best people for your organization’s remote positions
Let’s dive in…
Identifying the Right Talent For Remote Positions
Identifying people with the necessary skills to perform a job is indeed a talent. However, that is not enough. You must also know how to train and groom them according to your workplace culture.
Organize Customised Training Programs
There are a few things the be aware of here…
- You have to determine the areas where your present team is lacking knowledge or enthusiasm, and impart the necessary training to overcome those hurdles.
- Provide different training programs for various job roles. For example, you cannot train individuals hired for sales and production teams similarly.
- Making employees aware of their job descriptions and duties during the training is a pivotal role in their performance after getting the job.
- Customized training methods and working on their skills will be conducive to growing a high-quality team.
- Now, when each group is enrolled in a different training method, their performance can be measured after initiating the work. Over time, it will help you to determine the best training method for growing your team.
Mentoring, Practical Guidance, And Grooming
Mentoring is essential for growing a team that is dedicated and motivated to achieve success for your (and at the same time, their own) organization.
But mentoring is not only about describing the duties and showing how to execute them. Mentoring also means grooming team members, offering them practical guidance.
And how to do that?
Start by discussing their goals and determining their willingness to learn. You have to be the one that will always introduce them to reality and, at the same time, show them the path to achieving their goals in such an environment.
Teaching About Values And Goals
As a team leader, you have to provide employees with equal opportunities and options that meet their professional goals.
While mentoring them, don’t forget to align their goals with the objectives of your organization.
Teach them your team’s values and make them realize the benefits of cooperation, teamwork, and collaboration.
Practical Remote Team Management Tips
Following these remote team management skills will help you grow and improve your remote team.
- Delegate specific and more robust tasks to experienced members instead of burdening new ones with responsibilities that inquire a higher level of expertise and company involvement.
- Impart time-management skills to the members and understand how to complete a project or task in the stipulated time.
- Provide or create a communication platform to ensure fluent conversations between teams and team members.
- Incorporate modern applications like Slack and achieve collaboration between teams via public and private channels.
- Encourage team-building activities to strengthen the bond between team members that work remotely.
For growing your remote team consistently, you need to ensure that a comprehensive talent acquisition and management plan is in place.
Identify people with special skills and the ability to be productive while working from home. Groom them, and provide them with opportunities to grow and prove their talent.
Work cohesively with your talent acquisition or HR team to avoid complacent people from entering the organization.
Implement planning strategies to provide a coworking environment for your employees, so that the older staff motivate and pass on their skills to the newer talent.
Working in a well-planned space like FOCUS, you obtain the ability to attract the right set of individuals in your team. Additionally, adhering to some of the tips mentioned above and strategies we’ve noted, your team will outshine other teams.