High Score Labs News • Jul 14, 2020
In the wake of corona pandemic, remote work has ceased to be exclusive to freelancers and has become BAU for many businesses. Since this is a learning process for everyone, it may take a while to master the art of staying on the given task, on time, concentrated, and united with other team members whilst working remotely.
If you are managing a team constantly seeking ideas to improve the productivity of your team, we have listed four tips to help you boost your team’s productivity, while working remotely.
Goal setting is a powerful technique to enhance productivity as it provides the employees with a specific deliverable to work on. Establishing SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely) empowers you and your team to be on the same page regarding the deliverables each individual is working to achieve.
Remote teams often require definite deliverables in their work. Prioritizing production-focused goals can assist teams to accomplish their result-oriented goals. You can set either short-term and long-term goals and review it at regular intervals to track their progress.
Communication Via Collaboration Platforms
Communication is vital for any work environment, especially when employees are working remotely. Effective communication lowers the risk for confusions and ensures that everyone is clear about what is expected of them and keeps all of the teams on the same page.
To communicate efficiently, employing a “collaboration platform” is highly recommended so that team members can interact with each other when required. This makes it simple to track individual and team’s progress, set goals and deadlines, make important announcements and answer inquiries under one roof rather than following and replying multiple messages across diverse platforms.
Invest in Tools & Tech
While working remotely, you will need to ensure your employees are able to contact each other, keep track of the tasks and report on their progress. Communication apps can help you keep your team updated about latest information and conduct a virtual meeting if needed.
New technology is evolving each day, designed to augment business for better. Adopt a technology that can automate tasks so that employees spend a shorter time on such tasks.
Some of the tools include:
- communication messengers like Slack;
- work progress tracking tools;
- corporate Learning Management Systems;
- human Resource Management tools.
Tracking the progress of the working process
When managing a team remotely, it is pivotal to connect and follow up with your team members on everyday basis. To track team’s work progress:
- be approachable and available, in case if the team members need to communicate to you;
- time tracking with the monitoring applications take notice of their work progress and share reports of the performance for the goals achieved;
- sharing the weekly and monthly progress records to your remote employees to keep them updated of their development and track the performance;
- provide regular feedback on areas of improvement and appreciations for the work completed on time to encourage them to work efficiently.
Remote work has become the new normal, but thanks to the new technology, working from home can be productive as usual. Practising these tips can ensure that your remote team doesn’t feel confined and is flexible, boosting their productivity and ultimately helping you to stay ahead of the curve.