Leading Remote Teams
The workforce is rapidly changing. An increasing number of employees work offsite by choice or by necessity. Given the increasingly global nature of today’s organizations—as well as improvements in technology that facilitate virtual collaboration and a workforce that insists on more flexibility and independence—this trend is likely to keep gaining momentum.
Whether your employees work at home near the onsite team or are scattered around the country, by improving your ability to manage offsite employees, you will empower yourself in many ways. You will increase your ability to recruit, hire, and retain the right employees for a job. You will help ensure that your team is cohesive and productive. You will know how to avoid costly, time-consuming problems and help your team meet its goals.
This Course Starts in:
All sessions are at the same time each week.
Introduction to Leading Remote Teams
- October 24, 2023
- We begin our discussion by examining ‘the right stuff’—that is, the people, situation, and tools needed for an offsite working relationship to flourish. While working remotely may be appealing to many employees, not everyone is cut out for it.
- October 31, 2023
- No two factors are more important to a successful remote working relationship than trust and communication. In this session, we will explore both. Managers need to be able to trust their offsite employees to do their jobs without direct supervision. Knowing that they are trusted helps motivate employees and gives them the confidence and drive they need to work on their own. In addition to trust—and inseparable from it—clear, ongoing communication is essential to an offsite working relationship. Without that communication, the relationship will have little chance of succeeding.
Concept Model and Process
- November 7, 2023
- All employees need preparation to do their jobs. It’s no different for employees who will be working remotely, whether they are new to the organization or making the transition from onsite to offsite. This session will dive into how to implement this process effectively. Managers do not sit their new employees down at a desk and tell them to get to work. To be successful at the job, the new hire needs information about the organization, introductions to colleagues, details about the job, and more. It’s the same with an offsite employee. It would be unreasonable to expect either a new or current employee to jump into offsite work without a certain amount of preparation.
Application and Best Practices
- November 14, 2023
- We cover a lot of information in the course. In this final session, we pull it all together. In addition, we offer several best practices you can apply on the job immediately to maximize your team members’ chances of meeting their goals and being productive members of the team.