What Is Remote Work And How To Operate As A Remote Team

Summary

If your team is in the process of transitioning to remote work — or if you’re hiring a new member of the remote team — it’s critical to the success of your business to implement some type of onboarding process.

For some team members, remote work is a major adjustment (one they may not make successfully). For other team members, it’s just another day at the office.

If your team is in the process of transitioning to remote work — or if you’re hiring a new member of the remote team — it’s critical to the success of your business to implement some type of onboarding process.

For some team members, remote work is a major adjustment (one they may not make successfully). For other team members, it’s just another day at the office.

Regardless of how well they take to remote work, an onboarding process mitigates the shock of working on their own away from the office and their coworkers.

It’s very much like stepping slowly into a swimming pool from the shallow end rather than diving headfirst into the deep end.

Also, don’t feel like you have to make two different onboarding tracks. The information and practices can be the same whether it’s applied to an employee on their very first day or to an employee who’s been with your business for years.

5) Clarify Remote Work Responsibilities

Whether your team is just now transitioning to remote work or they’ve been there for months, a key component of their success is knowing who is responsible for what.

Make sure that every member of your team knows what their responsibilities are and what tasks they should and shouldn’t do.

It’s also important to provide each individual with a breakdown of their coworkers’ responsibilities so, if they have a question about something they’re working on, they can contact the right person without disturbing others.

For example, imagine that one team member is responsible for formatting a document and another is responsible for inserting images. If the image team member finds an issue with the formatting, they need to know if they can correct it or who to contact about resolving the issue.

6) Build Clear Communication

Clear and effective communication is essential for your business and your team whether they work in an office or online.

Not everyone on your team speaks, writes, and reads at the same level — especially in a shared document or over conferencing software — so it can be all too easy for someone to misinterpret communication you take for granted.

As such, it’s vital that you build, encourage, and prioritize simple, direct communication between team members.

Train them not to be afraid to ask questions if they’re unsure about something, and do your best to be patient if the message isn’t clear from the beginning.

7) Avoid Excessive Communication

One of the very real pitfalls of remote work is excessive communication.

It’s all too easy to send messages as you think of them, but this overload of information distracts your team from the work they’re doing and acts as a speed bump of sorts to their productivity.

Avoid excessive communication by sending all messages on one regular channel or app (e.g., Sling). And try to engage with team members only when it’s absolutely necessary.

If your team has a tendency to discuss non-business-related subjects in your regular communication channel, consider setting up another channel for conversations that have nothing to do with the work at hand.

This keeps the idle chit-chat from disrupting work discussions and distracting employees from their tasks.

8) Evaluate Remote Work With Deliverables And Deadlines

What Is Remote Work And How To Operate As A Remote Team
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