Managing Performance with a Remote Team

By Jenny Douras

Employees that work remotely can more easily veer off on the wrong path.  They usually do not do this intentionally.  Because they are isolated from the company they can misperceive what is important,

Getting Dispersed Teams Communicating

When teams work remotely, and are dispersed across multiple locations, team members can become isolated and cut off from their team coworkers.   This can stunt communication, since it is not generated as a natural byproduct of working in the same location together every day.  

Socratic Coaching for Remote Employees

When coaching a team of remote employees, the most effective method to use is Socratic coaching. It is critical that remote employees are able to make decisions autonomously when they do not have quick access to their manager or another company resource.

Remote Workers Statistics – what does research say?

How many people work remotely? A 2015 Gallup survey found that currently 37% of employees in the US have worked remotely from their home. For those that do telecommutes, they average 6.4 days per month.   However, about 15% work from home all of the time.

Communicating with Remote Teams – How Much is Enough?

When managing virtual teams, how much communication is enough? And when should you use the different vehicles for your communication: E-mail, Phone, face-to-face?

There are 2 common mistakes made, when communicating with remote teams, which revolve around frequency and timing.

Motivating a Virtual Team

People do things for 2 key reasons – to avoid pain or receive pleasure. Or at least that is what we used to think. However many books (such as Help! I’m a Manger by Arnold Mol or Drive by Daniel H.

How SharePoint Can Help a Mobile Workforce

Mobile workforces need to replace face-to-face interaction and in-office time with other tools to stay connected and productive. When working in an office, there inherently tends to be more communication, idea generation sharing, collaboration, transparency of information, and community/team building.

Why remote teams need an accountability system – a story

When working with remote teams, it is easy to fall into a micromanagement role, constantly inquiring about every task to make sure it gets accomplished. This actually leads to the opposite of your goal; employees take less responsibility and accountability to reach the goals and tasks.

Setting Expectations for Communications with Remote Teams

Communication is key in a Remote Team. Because it doesn’t happen automatically by sharing the same space in an office, it needs additional attention to ensure remote teams communicate effectively. This may entail setting some expectations around how you want the team to communicate including:

  1. Communication Frequency – Let the team know how often you’d like them to check in or touch base with you and each other each week.

How to be a Successful Remote Employee

I’m often asked what employees need to learn about working remotely. The majority of success for a remote team is dependent on management – how the team is managed and the systems in place to support them. However there is one key area that remote employees can focus on: their visibility.

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