In 2020, almost all businesses across the world experienced remote work and remote team management. But how to manage remote teams effectively?

Working from home isn’t the same as working in an office. So at first, stop managing your remote workers as if they work on site. Rather use these four effective leadership tips to manage work from home:

00:00 How to Manage Remote Teams Effectively
00:49 1. Focus on your long-term goals
02:16 2. Communicate your expectations clearly
04:06 3. Set ground rules for meetings
05:13 4. Make time for company culture

Household names like Facebook, Twitter, Shopify, and Slack are considering permanent work-from-home measures after a successful transition. Considering the potential to cut costs by keeping team members remote, such plans make quite a financial sense.

You have to individualize your managerial approach even more than normal while your employees contend with parenting from home, caring for loved ones, home internet issues, and the challenges of learning to live during a pandemic. It is one of the challenges in remote team management.

Settling into the new routines of remote work doesn’t mean that communication should stop. In fact, now’s the time to ramp up that communication—especially when it relates to setting remote work expectations. This is key to lead remote teams effectively.

Another critical set of expectations to set involves how you’ll conduct meetings in a virtual space while managing virtual teams. Without guidelines in place, you may be setting yourself and your team up for disruptions and unproductive conversations.

Just because you’re not in the office doesn’t mean you can let your company culture fade away. If you can, consider sending snacks or small pick-me-ups to your employees by mail in lieu of free treats in the break room. The opportunities are endless—just make sure they align with your existing cultural practices. So you don’t have to break the company culture for managing remote teams.

With these strategies under your belt, you can make the best of an uncertain situation and start practicing virtual team building exercises. Focus on the long game, keep everyone in the loop on expectations and meeting guidelines, and find ways to inject company culture into your new routines, and you’ll set yourself up for successful work from home leadership. Make sure that you practice these remote team management strategies with consistency.

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