Managers Guide: Leading a Remote Team

Australians have become accustomed to constantly changing legislations and lockdowns, however, managing the associated challenges of working from home such as containing stress levels and inabilities to navigate work systems is crucial to understanding solutions for these issues.

Studies have shown that around 18 per cent of employees feel less productive when working remotely, yet there are no clear signs of returning to the world as we once knew it indicating the working from home environment is here to stay.

While this new normal can cause feelings of isolation and diminish the ease of workplace collaboration, it creates an opportunity for managers to effectively lead their teams by adopting the right tools and technology to enhance productivity and boost collaboration.

Adjusting IT to enhance productivity

Technology is the foundation of remote working. Therefore, implementing the right solutions assures better collaboration amongst employees, and ultimately increase productivity levels. As face-to-face interactions are quite restricted during this unprecedented time, the image and audio quality of video calls is of the utmost importance. By utilising AI-enhanced, high-quality video, your team can always be seen, regardless of where their meetings take place.

Work – Life Balance

As a result of working from home many Australians are finding they are working longer days as compared to working from the office. This may be attributed to the reduced travel time, feelings of isolation and uncertainty toward organisations objectives or goals that need to be met. To overcome this prevalent issue offices and companies may consider the use of immersive collaboration technologies that are easy to use. Providing employees with plug and play devices compared to complicated multi – step setup technologies allow teams to congregate and collaborate efficiently and effectively.  In turn, employee well-being and engagement will be increased resulting it greater outcomes, fulfilling business leaders wishes.

Keeping Workplace Culture Alive

The less time employees spent doubting their skills and more time delivering results and sharing innovative ideas the more inclusive and culturally positive the workplace seems. To generate a greater performance from your work team there are several key points to consider when improving culture. They include:

  1. Establishing multiple channels for open communication and involvement, such as virtual meetings and audio-only calls
  2. Ensuring share of voice is equally distributed throughout meetings by actively guiding discussions.
  3. Addressing the team dynamic by holding meetings where employees can speak openly
  4. Using regular, anonymous surveys to gather insights into employees’ headspaces

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