Maintaining Productivity in Your Remote Team
Perhaps the core challenge of managing a virtual team is finding ways that we can work together effectively and productively, despite or even because of our geographic separation and cultural differences.
The answer is well-formed systems and processes. Some cultures are more or less comfortable with this kind of structure and detailed planning – as are some people.
Watching this video is worth 2 Management Courses CPD Points*.
(See below for more details)
This video is part of course module number 4.3.5
Program 4: Managing & Leading Groups
Course 3: Teams
Section 5: Managing Remote Teams
Other videos in this section include:
🎬 Introduction to Managing Remote Teams
🎬 Creating Trust in Remote Teams
🎬 Helping Build Understanding in Your Remote Team
🎬 Crafting Connection and Building Culture in Your Remote Team
🎬 Fostering Responsibility within Your Remote Team
🎬 Getting Sufficient Challenge in Your Remote Team
🎬 Developing the People in Your Remote Team
🎬 Taking Care of the Wellbeing of People in Your Remote Team
Clarity of responsibilities is vital. This is doubly so when distance confuses communication, and double again where that distance goes with differences in preferred language and cultural expectations.
Vitally, this includes quality. Be sure to be certain that team members all understand the quality standards the project is working to.
And also set clear expectations about the basics of day-to-day work. For example, on things such as:
• Working hours
• Availability and private time
• Communication frequency
• Attendance at meetings – present and remote
• Role responsibilities
• Key project deadlines
• Responding to communication like email, Slack, text messages, or voice mail.
• Fairness when Managing Remote Teams
Use time zones fairly when allocating work. They present both a challenge and an opportunity. Overlapping time zones and hand-overs. Have time-zone clocks for each geographical sub-team in each workplace if you can.
And, where you can, rotate team members and team roles so that people get opportunities to learn, and the less appealing work is shared out (as is the best work).
1. How productive is your virtual team? And (be honest and fair) how does this match up to what they could achieve? (2 MC CPD Points)
2. What steps can you take to make small improvements in productivity? (3 MC CPD Points)
3. Make one change and assess its impact. (2 MC CPD Points)
4. Repeat step 3.
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– The Five Dysfunctions of a Team https://geni.us/wbIE
– The Wisdom of Teams https://geni.us/7i1AL
– The Belbin Guide to Succeeding at Work https://geni.us/Kzc4GV4
– Dream Teams: Working Together Without Falling Apart https://geni.us/oAgEOdA
– Pulling Together: 10 Rules for High-Performance Teamwork https://geni.us/zUVV3G
– HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Teams https://geni.us/0DLsNe4
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