Mistakes to Avoid When Managing Remote Working Team

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought historic shifts in the job market recently. Remote working has become the new normal for most companies. It is projected that 70% of the global workforce will be engaged in remote working for at least five days a month by 2025. The trend that kicked off in 2020 is expected to become more prevalent in the coming years as most organisations will offer “work from home” as a perk.

But that makes things pretty difficult for HR leaders because managing a remote team is more challenging. Make sure you avoid these common mistakes and offer an improved work experience, both for the employees as well as for the company.

1. Not empowering your remote team with the required technology

When you have remote employees, it is important to enable them with the right tech stack they require to get the job done seamlessly, be productive and stay connected. Based on their job roles, processes, work schedules and communication style, set up the hardware and software tools they need to work productively. Providing necessary technology solutions to your remote staff enables them to stay connected, productive and most importantly, motivated.

2. Neglecting team interaction and corporate culture build-up

Employees that work remotely often lack the motivation to work because they feel isolated and neglected due to poor communication with the team or their superiors. To inspire your remote workforce and improve their productivity, it is crucial to the building engaging interactions with them through varied channels. The lines of communication between the managers and co-workers should be open and clear. This helps build a sense of collaboration among all.

3. Not tracking the performance of your remote team

Performance tracking and appraisals are an important part of any organisation, especially when it involves a remote workforce. Senior managers should focus on monitoring the team’s performance regularly while ensuring not to micromanage which gives the employees little breathing space. Daily touchpoints during working hours, weekly/quarterly reviews, etc. can help keep your workforce on track and achieve desired results.

Setting clear expectations, effective communication, team building and regular monitoring are the key elements of remote workforce management. GOHRBPO is a professional human resource consulting and payroll outsourcing company in Singapore that helps organisations with expert advice and tools to manage their remote workforce seamlessly and cost-efficiently.               

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