2020 > 09

We have for ages talked about working more remotely and more digital, but with Covid-19 apprearing, it suddenly became a reality for all of us, sometimes without us having time to prepare properly do make this an efficient way to work.

Leading your employees remotely involves certain challenges. From one day to the next, you as a leader no longer see your employees, not eveninformally at the coffee machine, so you do not have the same opportunity to observe what might be going on and see what support your employees may need.

So what do you need to think about now that you have your team spread out?

  1. Trust and confidence. To remotely lead efficiently requires that you have and build trust and confidence, something you that is built over time and can be built up through interaction, being fair and keeping promises. With that solid trust, cooperation will improve.
  2. Clear communication. When we communicate digitally, there is a greater risk of things being misunderstood or misread. Be sure to check that your information is recieved in the same way you have intended it to be as well as you make sure that you have understood information correctly.
  3. Set goals, be clear with expectations and follow up. Clarity and structure become even more important when we do not see each other on a regular basis. Clear individual goals give employees the opportunity to plan and prioritize their work - something that becomes more important when people are sitting at home and must on their own take responsibility for their work.
  4. Be present and available. Of course, you do not have to be available all the time, but make sure that your employees know how best be reach you and you can even block time when you will be most easy to reach you.
  5. Plan team meetings and build team spirit. With your team, you can both have digital and informal coffee breaks - just to check in and see how everyone is doing. However, make sure that your also have booked team meetings and make them meaningful by having a clear structure. Unstructured digital meetings risk becoming inefficient, cluttered and will be frustrating for people.
  6. Schedule regular individual meetings with all your employees in order for you to be able to capture what is going on, follow-up on set goals as well as to understand what support may be needed from you.
  7. Decision-making with involvement. When we do not work closely together, there is a risk that employees do not feel involved in the decision making process, as they are not naturally involved in all discussions. use your team meetings to discuss decisions and makre sure that your employees have material to go through in advance.
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