• Soon Heng Tey

Ten Tips to Manage Remote Employees

A big percentage of office setup organizations have shifted to remote working during this Covid-19 pandemic. This has not been so easy for managers. If you are managing a remote team, you may be facing various challenges - which mainly stems from communication issues! Here are a few tips from our expert team to manage employees who work from home, to help you feel more in control again!

1. Make time for small talks

When you were in an office setup, you were able to have talks conveniently anytime with the employees. However, when you are managing remote, this can be challenging. To counter this challenge, ensure that you make time to engage employees in small talks!

2. Use video calls as much as you can

At the office, you can easily read the employee's moods and responsiveness. However, when talking to a remote employee through a call, you will miss out on these vital aspects of communication. However, when you use a video call, you will be able to read their facial expression and moods. You will be able to also convey your message well to the employee.

3. Have longer one on ones

One on one meetings is very vital. Regardless of whether you are running a fully remote job or a partial one, a one on one meeting is unavoidable. Ensure that you have a schedule for these meetings with your employee. During these meetings, take your time to have a conversation with the employees.

4. Invest in tools and tech

It would help if you considered that working from home will require extra tech services. These include:

  • high-speed Wi-Fi,

  • good ergonomic chair

  • external keyboard

  • mouse

  • monitor

  • zoom skype

  • project management software and others.

Ensure that every employee is well equipped!

5. Set immediate and clear expectations

Employees who are working remotely can get derailed if you do not provide a clear direction. Therefore, ensure that you set goals and expectations for every employee. You can also set strict deadlines for projects.

6. Support professional development

As a manager, you need to keep in mind that employees still need professional development despite working from home. Therefore, you need to ensure that you set goals, monitor progress, and performance. When you do this, you will be managing the productivity of remote workers as well.

7. Be patient

You have to be patient with the overall performance of the employees, especially at the beginning. You will need to understand that it will take some time for the employees to adapt to working from home. Moreover, expect to get confusions and other challenges, especially when you are starting to work remotely. Just continue pushing on, and with time things will get right.

8. Establish daily check-ins

You should create daily check-ins for every employee to boost engagement. Create a schedule for every employee to check-in. You will be able to know who is working and what they are doing.

9. Encourage dedicated workspace

You should encourage each of your employees to have a workspace in their homes. A workspace will help the employee to stay focused and avoid being lazy.

10. Provide moral support

Working from home can create loneliness for employees. Worse even, the employees can get depressed. You need to provide moral support and engage them constantly to beat loneliness. You can share encouraging videos and be friendlier to them.

You may find that managing remote employees at the beginning is hard. However, if you use the above tips, you will find that managing will be much easier.

At HubbedIn, we help companies find good software talents to help scale your business. Your friendly specialist team guides and equips your team on the best remote working practices to help you and your talents succeed!

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