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Tips and Strategies for Managing Remote Teams In 2022

Whether companies were ready for it or not, remote working has become the new norm. Even before COVID-19 hit, there was a shift toward work-from-home policies and a move away from the nine-to-five mind frame. What COVID did was simply solidify the fact that employees no longer need to clock in to a physical office five times a week. 

Strategies for Managing Remote Teams

While some companies have easily shifted their operations and management styles, others have taken longer to streamline the process. Some have found the lack of infrastructure to be challenging for remote teams. Others have struggled with managing remote employees successfully and keeping a team unified. 

We took a look at some of the key ways that businesses have successfully pivoted their operations. From useful tips for keeping employees motivated and unified to managing workflow and operations, this is a useful guideline if you have struggled to keep up with remote working. 

Keep Engagement Up, Virtually 

One of the key things that a lot of companies seem to ignore is the fact that in order to keep your employees engaged, you need to create the right environment. Successful companies don’t only focus on KPIs and deadlines, they engage employees on a more personal level. This not only heightens loyalty among employees but creates integrated teams where team members can work closely together. 

This has naturally been halted by COVID-19 and remote working. Teams are no longer doing team-buildings or after-work drinks on a Friday. And these are incredibly necessary for team unification. 

This is where virtual meetups and team buildings come into play. With tools like Zoom, managers can plan a variety of virtual activities. Whether it is social catch-ups with drinks or virtual trivia games engaging team members, fun, organized virtual sessions are important to grow the team.

Transform Your Management Style 

Many managers have expressed their frustration in not being able to effectively manage their team members. Employees are now clocking in virtually, they are working at different hours to other team members. Many have expressed frustration in not being able to have physical control of ensuring the work is being done and that they are working their hours. 

One-on-one engagement is also more difficult. If you are training a new employee for their role or upskilling employees, this process is now more difficult being done virtually. However, virtual one-on-one coaching is possible and can be incredibly effective. The key is to ensure that the session is incredibly structured. Both you and the team member will need to know what needs to be achieved in the session and have a structured framework set out for the key learnings. 

It could be worth your while to provide the employee with materials and literature for them to read over before and after the coaching session. Make notes, share your screen and provide them with as much information as you can throughout the session. 

Online Collaboration Platforms

Make Use of Online Collaboration Platforms 

Managing projects physically is outdated; we are just going to say it. Whether you still have a team in the office or are working with a semi-remote team, it's time to upgrade. If you are not managing your projects virtually, you should step into 2022 as soon as you can. 

Luckily, there are a lot of great options for you out there. Tools like and Trello are great to create projects, assign roles, set deadlines, monitor progress and establish completion of each project. You are able to share documentation, files and vital information via the platform. You can also assign categories to certain teams, establish multiple boards and channels and have a birds-eye view of the company or deep dive into individual projects. 

They also integrate well with various other tools like real-time messaging tools like Slack. Alerts and notifications are sent directly to each team member when any action is taken on a project that is relevant to them. Teams are also able to communicate in real-time with each other. This can be either individual messaging, team communication or company-wide broadcasts. The bonus is that it works across all devices, so you can stay in touch at all times. 

Wrapping Up 

Granted, many managers have struggled to find a common ground in the new remote environment. With employees working remotely and work monitoring being trickier than usual, finding your feet might take a bit longer than usual. What is important to keep in mind is that work-life balance has become more and more important to employees over the last two to three years. There is a plethora of tools and platforms to help you manage your employees, but in order to be successful at it, embracing the new norm is certainly going to be your biggest strength. 

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