Managing Remote Employees: What to Know

Right now, we are all still experiencing a lot of change when it comes down to our workplace and general daily duties. While working from home has become the new normal, we know that it has been harder to communicate with your clients due to everything becoming virtual. In-person meetings, seminars, and dinners with clients have all been halted as a result of COVID-19. Not only have client relationships changed, but the relationships with your employees has likely changed as well. To better manage your remote employees, check out these tips!

Video Meetings Are a Must

By now, you are probably familiar with programs such as Zoom, Loom, Webex, and Skype. These platforms are KEY for managing your employees during this time as they work remotely. Why? The more you are able to talk face-to-face (or in this case, webcam-to-webcam), the more you are able to build rapport with your employees. You need to know about their lives outside of work, like what interests them. The more you get to know your employees, the more they will see that you care by trying to understand their new individual norms while working from home. Using video to maintain this relationship is key to stay on top of what they are thinking, their mood that day, and even their set up for working remotely.

One-On-One Meetings Are Still Necessary

If you do not already have one-on-one meetings with each of your employees, now is a great time to start implementing them. Because you are no longer in the office, it is harder to gauge whether your employees are staying motivated, completing their work, or if they are doing well in general. This is a great time to get to know your employees more, while in-office conversation does not exist. These meetings serve to provide encouragement for your employees to stay on track despite the inevitable distractions that come along with working from home.

Be Proactive

Staying on top of your newly remote employees will help you to be proactive in terms of making sure the team is on the same page. Businesses cannot run without the employees working, right? To ensure they are putting forth their maximum effort and utilizing their time at home wisely, keep your employees well-informed of upcoming changes to the business, new tasks or projects, and any new procedures that have arisen because of this new work life.

As we continue to experience these unprecedented times and ever-changing market, we hope these tips can help you get a better grip on how to best manage your employees as they continue to work remotely. Some businesses are reopening, but for those that need help structuring their work-from-home employees, these tips can be a great starting point.

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