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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. LibSource | LibSource.com Or working from home? 2
  3. 3. LibSource | LibSource.com • 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. LibSource | LibSource.com 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. LibSource | LibSource.com Coordinating your virtual team • Mentors / buddies • Watercooler / virtual coffee break 5
  6. 6. LibSource | LibSource.com Create online communities… 6
  7. 7. LibSource | LibSource.com A few tips and tricks Get to know your virtual colleagues 7 Combine different communication mechanisms
  8. 8. LibSource | LibSource.com 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. LibSource | LibSource.com 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. LibSource | LibSource.com 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. LibSource | LibSource.com 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. LibSource | LibSource.com Challenges of virtual working Isolation 12 Inequality?
  13. 13. LibSource | LibSource.com Challenges of virtual working Technology – make sure it works! 13
  14. 14. LibSource | LibSource.com Challenges of virtual working Distractions Work creeping into your home life Deciding when to stop 14
  15. 15. LibSource | LibSource.com 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. LibSource | LibSource.com Tips to build relationship with end users – remotely… Small talk online Picking up the phone 16
  17. 17. LibSource | LibSource.com Remembering those special occasions… 17
  18. 18. LibSource | LibSource.com Tips to build relationship with end users – remotely… Use regular updates / newsletters Go there in person – sometimes 18
  19. 19. LibSource | LibSource.com And the best bit… 19
  20. 20. LibSource | LibSource.com 20 https://libsource.com/

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