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Managing successful remote teams

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Advice on how to manage a distributed workforce.

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Managing successful remote teams

  1. 1. Managing a Successful Virtual Team Eleanor Windsor June 2017
  2. 2. Or working from home? 2
  3. 3. • By 2020 70% of managers and organisations will have adopted mobile working – The Work Foundation, Lancaster University, 2016 • 28% of employees want to work from home at least some of the time, but only 22% of employers offer it – Great Place to Work, 2016 • Companies saw work productivity increase by 13.5% after permitting remote working – Harvard Business Review, 2014 3
  4. 4. Coordinating your virtual team • Induction and welcome • Online team meetings • 1-1 calls • Online training, working groups, projects • In person events/training 4
  5. 5. Coordinating your virtual team • Mentors / buddies • Watercooler / virtual coffee break 5
  6. 6. Create online communities… 6
  7. 7. A few tips and tricks Get to know your virtual colleagues 7 Combine different communication mechanisms
  8. 8. A few tips and tricks 8 Identify a working space at home Take breaks Publish your hours Keep in touch – don’t become isolated
  9. 9. A few tips and tricks Have a home working policy – offer a ‘home working buddy’ 9 Have regular updates with staff to see how things are going Don’t suffer in silence – address issues quickly!
  10. 10. Virtual work benefits for employees 10 No commute Cost saving Saving on wardrobe Walking the dog Flexible Time for family Living away from cities Taking deliveries
  11. 11. Virtual work benefits for companies 11 Agility, scalability Bigger talent pool Just-in-time agility Real estate savings Enhanced service hours Improved client service and support Less office management Smaller environmental footprint
  12. 12. Challenges of virtual working Isolation 12 Inequality?
  13. 13. Challenges of virtual working Technology – make sure it works! 13
  14. 14. Challenges of virtual working Distractions Work creeping into your home life Deciding when to stop 14
  15. 15. What can happen… 15 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-39232538/bbc-interview-with-robert-kelly-interrupted-by-children-live-on-air
  16. 16. Tips to build relationship with end users – remotely… Small talk online Picking up the phone 16
  17. 17. Remembering those special occasions… 17
  18. 18. Tips to build relationship with end users – remotely… Use regular updates / newsletters Go there in person – sometimes 18
  19. 19. And the best bit… 19
  20. 20. 20 Contact us https://lac-group.com/contact-us/

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