Everyone who manages employees knows there is value in being on site. Hands-on direct participation by managers helps ensure the team is running at its best. When I first became a manager, I was concerned that I could do the job effectively since I am a remote worker. I was afraid my physical absence would impede the team’s progress, but I found that with the right tools, I was just as effective as being on site. Here are my top five tips to managing remotely:
Rather than making informal visits to work areas, I use iMeet. With just a single click, we can join each other’s iMeet rooms, and even drop off files. Whenever someone joins my room, I automatically get an alert – it’s like a knock on my office door. When we iMeet, I hear suggestions and complaints and get the same type of information that I would if I was walking around in person.
Don’t Skip the Chit Chat
I also hold a regularly scheduled weekly meeting with my team on iMeet to go through projects. We always start with the same conversation about families, what the kids are up to and what we did over the weekend. Is this non-work related discussion meaningless chit chat or is it building rapport? For me, it’s definitely the latter, and iMeet makes it feel like I’m there in person.
Watch Them as They Learn
Training was another area that concerned me as a manager, but with GlobalMeet’s document and screen sharing capabilities, I can see exactly what my team members are doing and walk them through a process step by step as if I was there in person.
There’s an App for That
With mobile apps for iMeet and GlobalMeet, I can take my office on the road. iMeet and GlobalMeet make it easy for me to continue business wherever I am. I simply press the M to launch GlobalMeet or the to launch iMeet HD on my mobile device.
*20 to 30 million Americans work from home at least one day a week. Of that, three million do so full time. With work forces becoming more dispersed, managers need to find creative alternatives to the traditional management by walking around. For a guide to the benefits and pitfalls that come with teleworking, download PGi’s free ebook, The Yin + Yang of Telecommuting.
*Global Workplace Analytics and the Telework Research Network