3 Tips To Help Your Remote Team Work More Effectively
When you have a remote team, ensuring that remote team work is assigned and done in an effective way is vital. If not, and because you are not with them to oversee their work at all times, it might lead to the business becoming much less productive overall.
Read on for some valuable tips that should help ensure that any remote members of staff are working effectively. Not only will this improve your business, but it will help make your employees happier too as they will have a much better idea of what is expected of them.
Know Your Team
Because scheduling your team isn’t always an easy thing to do and can take up a lot of your time, it’s easy to think that you can just ask anyone to do anything and everything will be done. This is not the case. Simply picking names at random, matching them to tasks, and giving a deadline isn’t enough. You could easily be handing a job to someone without the right skills and experience, or perhaps even without the right tools. If this happens, the work won’t be done to a high standard, if it is done at all. Productivity and morale will drop.
If you know your team, however, and you take the time to match each task to the person who is able to do the job best, the outcome will be a much more positive one. Not only will the work be done to a better standard, but the team itself will be happier as everyone will be doing what they are good at.
Use Scheduling Software
As we’ve said, and as you undoubtedly know, employee scheduling is an important but thankless task that takes up a lot of time and effort. Luckily, there is something that can help hugely in this regard, making the task much easier for you and much more positive for your team. We’re talking about scheduling software.
Using scheduling software means you can efficiently allocate tasks to any employee as you will be able to see if they are free, what deadlines they have that fit with what you need to be done, and even if they have any vacation days coming up that might delay the project. Using this kind of software means there will be no clashes, no overworked employees, and no one left with nothing to do.
Develop An Effective System For Communication
No matter how you allocate work, whether it’s through a scheduling program or not, communication in remote team work is absolutely crucial. If you plan your team’s workload, you must let them know what they are expected to do with plenty of time. The more time you can give, the more chance there is of any questions being answered and of the task being made entirely clear. The less time there is, the more chance there is of mistakes being made.
Make sure you communicate any task allocation or changes to allocation as quickly as possible and always ensure there is a way to determine whether the employee has agreed to the task or not. If they cannot do the work, you will need to allocate it to someone else.