Find out how to maintain the productivity of employees working from home in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.
Working from home is very much a reality for thousands in Portugal and beyond because of the coronavirus pandemic. But how can you best lead or manage a team remotely? These seven tips and tricks provided by Jason Aten, an associate at Inc., who has addressed the topic of remote work from another perspective, should help Human Resources teams. Let's have a look:
1. Keep daily records
If possible, registration of tasks should be done individually, every day and face-to-face by video, since telephone or e-mail conversations have their limitations. Technology is therefore a great ally. The goal is to set priorities and give feedback and resources to all team members.
It is crucial to communicate with the team, which is not always easy from a distance, because there may be a feeling of loneliness.
3. Using and abusing technology
Managers should try to keep the team connected, and communication tools are a simple way to keep everyone involved. Microsoft Teams, for example, is a good help.
4. Expectation Management
One useful trick is to help the team understand what to do and create realistic expectations for their work. Organisation is a watchword, both personal and professional, and the tasks to be done and the reasons behind them must be well defined. Managers must help the team understand exactly how they will quantify success.
5. Focus on results, not activity
It is not possible to manage all aspects of the work done by a remote team, especially when it is spread over different locations. The focus should not be on the activity or the hours worked, but on the results.
6. Equipping the teams
Teams must have the technology to do their job. Employees must have laptops, the relevant software, mobile devices and a good Internet connection.
Nowadays, people who work as a team and remotely have a lot on their mind. It's not an excuse not to do things, but it's a reason to rethink what productivity really means. You have to trust team members and give them the freedom and flexibility to work the hours that help them to be the most productive.