The pandemic has accelerated remote working. As it forced many countries to lockdown. So, many companies are working from home. With the advanced technology and internet the company also can hire many talents from many countries to work remotely. Besides that, the freelancer and remote workers platform such as Fiverr, Upwork and Flexgigzz makes easier for company to hire talents globally.
Remote working itself can be for freelancer or full-time worker. The job position depends on the company and the workers. Each of the position has its benefit and disadvantage. Not every function in company can be for freelancers. It is also unnecessary for the company to hire full-time workers for several positions. With the increase of remote working, a company needs to keep the remote team enjoyable to stay strong and creative.
Here are how to do it:
Weekly Progress Meetings
Weekly progress meetings is important for remote team. As it is not only as an opportunity to go over goals and progress on specific projects. It is also as an opportunity to build a strong company culture. You can ask people to share the progress or share good news and praise the colleagues who are great. This thing can build friendship within business.
Daily Chit – Chat
Schedule time to connect personally by having five minutes online chit chat about trivial things. This can be a have a big impact on communication, efficiency and effectiveness. It also can break the culture and communication barrier.
Virtual Hang Out
The real challenge for remote working is creating an environment to make people feel they are part of team. You can make the team member feel connected by having a virtual hang out. Such as example is virtual coffee breaks. As we are humans and still need relationships to feel connected with the team member
Connect OnlineWith Others
One of the downfalls of remote working is the tendency to only communicate with people we already know and drift away from those we don’t. This can be a communication problem between cross department and cross communication culture. Manager or company can solve it by conducting virtual lunch where random people from various department shall online together.
Encouraging Openness, Feedback And Trust
Encourage an environment of openness and feedback with your remote team. You can do that by push activities like weekly one-on-one calls where everyone gets a chance to speak their mind. Trust and Communication are the key to remote work team success.
Manage a remote team that consists of many freelancers and remote workers from different countries is challenging. The biggest challenge of it usually communication and cultural barriers. you can counter the challenge by having trust, willingness to understand, and openness can reduce or even prevent the unnecessary conflict that might lessen the team’s productivity.
Source : www.forbes.com
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