How to lead your team more effectively while working from home - Lifestyle with prima:Time
Over a year ago, working from home became the new normal. Therefore, we thought it could be a good idea to look at some tips on how to lead your team rather virtually than in person.
Did you know it’s essential to have a little sit down with your team over coffee, among other thing? Keep on reading, and you’ll find out why, how to successfully lead your team.
Plan, plan, plan
For you as a leader, it’s more challenging to lead your team virtually. Assigning tasks and communication is more difficult compared to the option of quickly resolving possible misunderstandings with your team members sittings right next to you.
Make clear what you’re going to work on. Set short-term goals that your team can complete within a few weeks.
Furthermore, plan with every member of your team individually, what time will he be available to contact him. Working from home offers a unique opportunity to organize your time according to your plans or when you know you’re the most productive.
Communicate with your team
The next very important step is communication, which switched to e-mails, texts and video calls. As a leader, you need to have some trust in your team members and in their abilities. You should ask them what they've worked on, what they’re working on now, and if they have any questions or need help with something every week. Your team is going to know that you’re there for them, and they can consult anything with you.
Don’t forget to socialize
With remote work, socializing in office is not possible anymore. This is where an „online coffee" meeting comes in handy. Have a weekly online meet up over a coffee to talk about problems, plans with your family or anything not work related to make your team more relaxed and mainly to let them talk to each other.
Set clear expectations
One of the problems with remote work is that people sometimes can’t stop working. This behavior can lead to exceeded amount of overtime, reduced productivity and worsening of personal relationships. The same applies to you, as a manager. It’s up to you to set some boundaries and instructions, that your team will follow and obey. Everybody should set time, when they’re available for consulting.
Use a time tracking software
Another possibility is using a time tracking software. With it, you’ll be able to see what projects your team has worked on, is currently working or will be working on in the future. And that’s something we can offer for you.
Thanks to prima:Time, you’ll be able to monitor your employee's activity and to see on what day and hours is your team most productive. Finally, thanks to the detailed reports, you can see the task which were completed or the ones which were delayed.
Do you have some useful tips, that helped you lead your team more effectively? Did you gain enough experience on how to work in a team over the last year? Let us know in the comment section below, and we’ll see you next time.
Your prima:Time team 🕓