Managing a Virtual Team

Managing a virtual team with Coronavirus Pandemic requires necessary changes. Many employees are finding the need to adapt to working via a makeshift home office. There is a sense of feeling lost for some employees. Therefore, management will need to step up to the plate and lead the way. 

Virtual Teams Feel Alienation

Newly remote workers are likely to feel alienated or disconnected.  Team leaders will need to double-down on the fundamentals of good management. Above all, establishing clear goals. As well as, running great meetings and communicating clearly. 

Man is leaning on work desk yearning for office employee interaction

Alienation can lead to anxiety

Lead Virtual Team by Example

Lead by example. Give regular updates. In addition, hold check-in’s with your team. During this time of ambiguity and anxiety set aside team sharing meeting minutes. Moreover, have team members share their experiences and advice for how they are adapting to working remotely.  

Calendar of virtual team meetings

Managing a virtual team is made easier with regular calendar invites

Implement the Right Virtual Tools

To conduct a proper virtual conference meeting you will need to implement the right tools. To clarify, Zoom, HireVue, Skype, MS Teams and WebEx are some of the more popular and cost-effective virtual meeting tools. All include both audio as well as video capabilities. You will want to research a complete up to date list of virtual team tools to find out which software works best for your work environment. 

remote team members meeting up on computer screen

Use the right virtual tool for your circumstances

Set Clear Expectations

Be clear about defining your team. A clear team definition sets expectations, as a result people can work in a more collaborative manner.  Virtual workers need to know where they belong, who are their co-workers and to whom they report.  

Employees fall in line and follow a good leader

Set expectations for managing a virtual team

Provide Guidance for Productivity

To ensure maximum productivity is met, set clear expectations. Include bi-weekly one-on-one check-in’s to gauge progress.  Foster each team member. On the other hand, take care in not showing favoritism to high performers.  Not everyone will comprehend the virtual work mentality. Those struggling may require extra guidance during the first few beginning phases of working from home. 

Frustrated employee is getting a headache

Frustrated employees lose productivity

To summarize, implement a strategic plan to keep a strong team dynamic. Overcome virtual obstacles now. Consequently, employees will fall in line when returning to the office setting.  When managing a remote team the challenge is real but so too are the rewards. 

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