Managing a team remotely
Managing a team remotely is something which, unless you are used to it, takes time to get used to. It is a chance to reflect on the key things which help to bond your team and help you to encourage good quality communication and challenge yourself to consider how that could be adapted to the virtual environment.
Thinking about where you can be flexible, how you will maintain a positive and constructive relationship with your team and support them through a very uncertain landscape are a great way to start; and of course the IT you will need to make this work. Don't lose sight of who you are as an organisation and the best parts of your team culture, guard it and keep it in focus as the way we work changes.
Establish a clear regular plan for communication via a digital platform both for 1-1 time and for group/team discussions.
Think about how you are going to build fun into the processes for your team, help them to stay unified through the use of activities and discussion regularly.
Revise work plans, consider what needs to change and what else might be possible to build in, such as personal development opportunities.
Reassure your team that you are contactable and encourage them to stay in touch while you actively do the same.
Links for more information
Managing Mental health and COVID-19
A working remotely checklist and other resources.
ACAS Working From Home
ACAS information and advice on working from home including a checklist for preparing to work from home and a link to join ACAS advice webinars related to COVID-19
Tips and best practices for managing at home
Some things to think about and inspire your approach to managing a team working from home.