How to Manage Remote Direct Reports & #virtualteams (relevant for #culture too)

This is probably the best distillation of how to manage remote teams I’ve yet found.  It resonates strongly with my personal experience, and captures a lot of the best practices we used when I was with UBS. 

Do

  • Get to know your remote reports on a personal level by reserving a few minutes during meetings and calls for casual workplace conversations
  • Establish a schedule of communication both between you and your remote employee and between the remote employee and the rest of the team
  • Use video technology to spark spontaneous interactions among your team members

Don’t

  • Evaluate the job performance of remote workers differently from the way you assess co-located colleagues — apply the same metrics across your team
  • Worry too much about setting up constant in-person meetings with your remote workers — predictable visits are more important than frequent ones
  • Forget to acknowledge the work of remote workers so their efforts don’t go unnoticed

via How to Manage Remote Direct Reports – HBR.

via How to Manage Remote Direct Reports – HBR.

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