4. Foster Trust and Communicate Often
Especially during this time of hardship additional trust and understanding must be levied. This is why communicating clearly and transparently is key to ensuring your team feels secure even when they are miles away.
Virtual team collaboration within a remote working group is dependent on trust – and respect for one another’s time and expertise.
Trust is simple. It’s not blind, but it is also not the oxymoron of ‘trust, but verify’. If your staff is not pulling weight – underperforming, that falls on you as a manager to address the situation and to help correct.
Last, trust goes both ways. If you skirt the truth, your team will know. Keep your team informed of any changes and impacts to the business as appropriate. When you don’t know, be open and honest. When suspicion runs wild a virtual team can quickly come undone.
It’s important to place special consideration on employee engagement when managing remote employees, especially during times of crisis. Find what works best for your organization and keep your employees motivated while working from home.