Managing Remote Teams: Tips to Making it Work

March 16, 2018 Lydia Adams

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Whether your existing employees are going remote, you’re thinking of hiring a freelancer or you’re choosing to outsource a full team, having team members scattered across the globe (or even across town) can be a challenge. Check out the best way to prepare for managing remote teams with our tools, tips, and tricks.

The Cloud: A Better Method for Sharing Information

From Slack to Dropbox to GoogleDocs, the cloud makes it easy for teams to share important documents with colleagues in the next cube, or around the world. The alternative – email – tends to be inefficient, time-consuming and prone to disorganization. By getting your preferred document organization tool in place before building your remote team, you’ll have the benefit of built-in efficiency.

eLearning: Making Training as Efficient as Possible - Managing Remote Teams

If you’re ramping up, training could be one of your chief concerns. In order to onboard new staff members from around the world as efficiently as possible, you’ll need to leverage eLearning. Start with your training supervisor to see what your company already offers online, and from there start your own search. Many software programs offer their own online training, and webinars are always a great option for niche skills.

Managing remote teams

Communication: Set Expectations Now

Do you want to meet with your team on a weekly basis? Will you require daily reports or monthly presentations? And how will you connect – via email, phone, Skype? You will probably find that you’ll communicate via all of these platforms, but it’s best to have a game plan going in. You can always change the frequency and type of communication, later on, so many leaders start with more, then scale back as teams start rolling.

Measuring Success: Managing From a Distance - Managing Remote Teams

Lastly, you may be asking yourself how you will measure the performance of your employees who you don’t see day to day. The great thing is that much of what matters in work performance doesn’t actually require face time. Set goals from the beginning of the remote relationship to ensure that expectations are in full force, and ask for reporting in a format and schedule that makes you confident the job is getting done.


So there you have it. Easy ways to ensure a smooth transition to a remote or outsourced team. Going global? Check out our tips to leading an overseas team.

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