Virtual workers and virtual teams are an essential part of today’s workforce. In the past year, workplaces have embraced technology and virtual connectivity more than ever before as a way to connect with employees and clients. There are several benefits to the virtual workplace — increased productivity, a happier work life, and more independence. However, there can also be several challenges if the proper approaches are not taken.
One of the most difficult aspects of working from home is managing employees virtually. Management is already a challenge. However, the virtual workspace can add additional challenges. Remote employees often feel disconnected from their supervisor and team members, and managers may also struggle to track performance and facilitate workflow.
Some of the most important ways to manage people and deal with virtual challenges is to manage and facilitate communication, foster engagement, set clear expectations, and maintain productivity.
To foster engagement, have virtual team meetings regularly and consider virtual team-building events. Moreover, check in with team members one-on-one to see how they are doing. In doing so, this will help to promote a culture of recognition and support.
In order to manage performance in a remote team, it is essential to set clear goals for every role and to use them as a measuring tool. Set clear expectations and be sure to follow up to stay on top of employees’ progress on tasks.