Manager’s guide: knowing when to have virtual meetings and when to travel
These days, you could travel every day and spend all your time in meetings, but in this time-poor world we need to work →
It’s the mother of all managerial challenges: the remote team. With team members dispersed all over the world, you must generate the glue to keep them – and the project – together. Difficult? Yes. Impossible? Nope! Here are three tricks that will earn you a “black belt” in remote team management.
|“color bricks” by Luz Adriana Villa|
Your best people are dispersed all over the world, and you have a complicated challenge to solve in a very short time. So, what do you do? Fly your worldwide team in at an immense cost? Use whatever (mediocre) local resources are available? Or do you take a leap of faith and create a “remote team” with your top people working from various locations around the world?
Logically, the latter solution is the best. You’ll be able to draw talent for your team from a larger, more qualified pool of candidates and break down geographical boundaries. It’s cost-efficient beyond compare, and you’ll be able to increase team member retention.
What’s not to love? I know, I know, the hurdles…
However, times are changing swiftly, and it’s about time for you to get with the program and overcome those hurdles. According to a survey done by Wrinkle software, 65% of all employees expect their company to go fully virtual by the end of 2016. The remote team is no longer an option but an everyday reality, and we all have to earn those black belts in a hurry. All it takes are a few tricks of the trade from someone who’s been there, done that, and ended up with the T-shirt that says, “I love remote teams!”
But how do you make up for the disadvantages of the remote team model: the lack of face-to-face interaction? In other words, how do you compensate for the fact that people tend to orient themselves toward people in their immediate physical proximity?
It’s time to kill the idea of “the remote team.” Team members aren’t necessarily remote just because they don’t rub shoulders. They are actually closer than ever before –always available for a face-to-face meeting on your smartphone, tablet, or PC.
So let’s skip the old terms and not call it anything but a “team” going forward. This type of working will be the norm or “business as usual” in the future. There’s nothing remote about that!