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4 Ways to Effectively Manage Remote Teams

Posted on August 16, 2016 10:00 am;

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By Rebecca Langdon


Geographic distance need not create distant relationships. In fact many organisations have

effective remote team structures which can offer many benefits such as the ability to benefit

from lower cost resource locations, and increase the cultural diversity of the employee group.

However historically the management of remote teams has proven tricky for some, and it has

caused whatever was outsourced to remote teams, to be insourced back. In this article I will

look at some of key ways to ensure remote teams operate effectively.


1) Hire people with personalities that cross geographical borders

This sounds simple but if your employees are going to be geographically separated, it is really

useful if you hire people with great personalities who are as good in person as they are on the

phone, Skype, or any other communication medium.


2) Technology

Geographical distance between remote teams may be many thousands of miles, but with the

right technology it can seem like they are in the same office as you. There are so many

technology options such as audio and video conferencing, shared work spaces, and of course

email and electronic chat.


3) Communication

I truly believe that the key to making remote working successful is good communication. This is

by no means a secret! Making communication easy, and making sure people interact regularly is

of absolute importance. When remote teams are newly set up, it would be useful to organise

regular communications. In time, that interaction should grow organically and the need for

diarised communication should reduce.


4) Culture

Whilst teams may be working remotely from each other, it is really important to develop a

common culture. There is no magic wand to achieve this and ultimately it will be led by the

management team and permeate through everything such as the way employees are trained,

remuneration method, internal policies and marketing. Having a positive and healthy culture

which is shared by the remote teams will help them to be more cohesive and effective.


In Summary

Many organisations operate remote teams and find it a very beneficial structure. It is not always

easy to get it right, however through culture, technology, and hiring some great personalities,

remote working needn’t feel remote.


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