5 Tips for Building Teams With Remote Employees
Sharing a Geographic Location Isn’t a Prerequisite for Building Teams That Excel
The increasing prevalence of remote employees means that many companies are operating without frequent face time opportunities. While this may seem to work against building teams with a good culture of cohesiveness, there are techniques that can help your team experience the same camaraderie and collaboration that happen in a conference room.
Not only can you build a great culture in a remote team, but working with off-site employees can help you attract the best talent and save money. Here are a few tips for building great teams with employees who work remotely:
Communicate more often, and do it visually when possible. Video conferencing is a great tool for improving communication because you get to experience the same visual cues and connect in more ways. Encourage team conversations to happen in a chat platform and make sure to check in often with your remote employees. They miss the water cooler talk, so find ways to replicate that experience, like staying on with your remote employee for a few minutes at the end of a video conference, simply to chat about personal topics or give them an opportunity to talk to you about work topics.
Adopt a collaborative spirit: There are great resources out there for collaboration, where you can share files and documents. Try Google Drive or Dropbox, where everyone can always access the latest version of the files. Go beyond just sharing through emails.
Communicate your expectations: Have a weekly check-in meeting with remote employees, where you talk about objectives, goals and deadlines. Clearly communicate whether they are meeting your expectations, and, if not, a plan for reaching them in the future.
Track their work: While you want to avoid micromanaging, you also need to know what your employees are working on each week. Utilize a tracking system that will not only record their hours but also how much time they’re spending on different aspects of their job. Utilize a tracking tool that makes remote environments beneficial for both you and the company.
Make them a part of the team: When you have some remote employees and some working on-site, it’s easy for remote employees to experience some feelings of distance. Make sure your company has some kind of regular newsletter that helps remote employees keep in touch with what’s happening in the company and in people’s personal lives, and consider hosting an annual party where remote employees come to your location.
A big part of helping a remote employee feel that they are part of the team is making sure they are complementary to the rest of the individuals you’ve hired. Utilize a resource like a behavioral analysis to help you determine which candidate will best align with both the skills and the behaviors that will complete your team.
Looking for more ways to create a cohesive team? Talk with PI Consulting Group about how the Predictive Index facilitates building teams that work best for your company culture. Make an appointment with us to learn more.