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Remote Management 101: Develop an Outstanding Team

Feb 05, 2024

 

Every day you navigate through endless emails, virtual meetings, and collaboration tools, struggling to maintain productivity and cohesion.

Without effective management strategies, the challenges of remote work can escalate, leading to decreased morale and disengagement among team members. But what if there was a better way? Instead of drowning in the chaos, imagine a future where your team thrives in a supportive and connected environment.

 

Let's see how.

 

1. Culture is a Daily Thing

Building a strong company culture is the cornerstone of successful remote team management. It's about fostering collaboration, trust, and camaraderie among team members, even from a distance. When everyone feels valued and connected, productivity soars, and morale thrives.

Take Buffer, for example. Their emphasis on transparency, trust, and work-life balance creates a remote-friendly culture where employees feel empowered and supported, no matter where they work.

Actionable Step: Spend just 5 minutes each day reinforcing core values, recognizing achievements, and fostering connections among team members through virtual coffee chats or team-building activities.

 

2. Eliminate All Unnecessary Meetings

In the remote work landscape, minimizing unnecessary meetings is key to maximizing productivity. By streamlining meetings, you create space for focused work and deep thinking. Basecamp's approach of limiting meetings to a weekly check-in empowers employees to manage their time effectively and stay focused on priorities.

Actionable Step: Review your meeting schedule and cancel any unnecessary meetings. Spend 5 minutes reallocating time for focused work or collaborative tasks.

 

3. Give Your Team a Chance to Showcase Their Personality

Encouraging individuality and authenticity within your team fosters creativity, innovation, and a sense of belonging. Zapier's "Team Shoutouts" channel allows employees to share personal stories and interests, fostering a culture of inclusivity and connection.

Actionable Step: Initiate a discussion or activity that encourages personal expression and connection within the team. Spend 5 minutes today fostering an environment where everyone feels valued and respected.

 

4. Never Bring on a New Hire Without a Dynamic Onboarding and Training Plan

A structured onboarding and training plan sets new hires up for success in the remote work environment. GitLab's comprehensive onboarding resources, including a virtual handbook and buddy system, ensure a smooth transition and integration for new team members.

Actionable Step: Draft an onboarding template tailored to your company's culture and values. Spend 5 minutes today preparing for the seamless integration of new hires into your remote team.

 

5. Remove People Who Are a Bad Fit (Swiftly)

Addressing poor performance or cultural misalignment promptly maintains team morale and cohesion. Automattic's culture of feedback and accountability enables managers to address issues proactively, preserving the company's culture and values.

Actionable Step: Document performance feedback and outline a plan for improvement or corrective action if necessary. Spend 5 minutes today ensuring your team dynamics are aligned with your company's vision and values.

By implementing these actionable steps, you can effectively manage remote teams, foster a positive work culture, and drive productivity and engagement in your SaaS company.

Here at Wondry, we specialize in working with subscription-based companies, radically reducing churn and increasing LTV by converting their customers into a thriving, engaged community.

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