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May 01, 2020 | by Michele Brennan

HOMEWARD BOUND: MANAGING A REMOTE TEAM

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has pushed employees out of the office and into their homes. Teams are now working remotely, many for the first time. The isolation and lack of structure can seem daunting. Here is the good news: Remote work can be just as, if not more, productive than everyday office life. You just have to stay on top of everything. Here are some tips from public relations firm Poston Communications on how to work and manage a team remotely:

SET EXPECTATIONS
Let your team know what is expected of them from the start to avoid confusion. Hold a virtual meeting so that all questions can be answered and everyone is on the same page. Set your expectations for the methods of communications, company policies and where employees should turn to with questions.

CHECK-IN VIRTUALLY
Humans are social creatures. Now that you are working remotely, you cannot just swing by your coworker’s office for a quick chat. Texting and emails will make up a large portion of your
communications. And while that is great, do not underestimate the value of face-to-face interaction. Arrange daily video chats to stay connected with your team.

BE FLEXIBLE
As more states enact quarantines, employees not only have to deal with their schedules changing, but also the schedules of their kids and spouses. Some may have to share a computer with multiple people in their home. Understand the need for flexibility in this time so that your employees can find a schedule that works for them.

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