This blog topic was requested by Fayann Dsouza (@fayann.loves on Instagram).
Crowdsourcing blog ideas rocks because I know it will make a difference to as least one person. And as my workload increases, finding the time to write a blog is getting tough! But when my community speaks, I listen.
With this topic, I went one step further and asked my Snapchat community to share their number one tip for managing a remote team. I wanted a well-rounded point of view, and the feedback was great! Their Snapchat handles are included in parentheses.
The deal is, and it’s no secret – managing is a not an easy endeavor whether it’s in-house or with contracted/remote workers.
I will outline several strategies to be successful with remote management, but there’s a singular element that MUST be an active part of everything we do – communication.
Tough love time – I believe that communication solves everything, and to bypass it when managing a team (regardless of our busy schedules) is foolish. Teams are a direct reflection of our investment, and if it’s not working then it’s time to take an objective look in the mirror.
As managers, we can’t control everything or everyone, but we can be purposeful about learning to be better at what we do on a consistent basis.
“But how do I manage a team that I can’t see? How do I stay on top of what they’re doing? Or ensure they aren’t off playing video games or shopping at the mall?”
Short answer is – you don’t. [Read more…]