When it comes to overseeing work tasks, it is important that your team are unified and working as one to boost productivity and morale. If you have remote team members, the task of keeping your team motivated and unified may be a daunting
one. If you’re feeling disjointed, have a look below at our four tips on project management for remote teams.
Use video calling to regularly check in.
When it comes to project management for remote teams, it’s important to come together regularly for a team meeting. If you can’t meet face to face, then video conferencing in real time is the next best thing.
Take into account time zones when scheduling the conference. As your team can’t catch up by the water cooler, it also gives your team a chance to come together, to discuss the project and feel more unified.
By checking in via video calling, you are able to communicate any issues with each other, problem solve together and work on those next action items on your agenda. If video calling is not possible, then it is still advisable to check in frequently via a phone call, or instant messaging to see that everyone is on the right track to achieving those goals in your project.
Hold your team accountable for their own tasks.
One of the trickiest parts of project management for remote teams is ensuring that everyone is doing what they are meant to be doing. When you manage a remote team, you should assign early on in the project what everyone will be responsible for, what their duties will be and what their roles are.
An important part of doing this is to assign team leaders amongst your distributed team which will assign deadlines to each team member and relay the importance of completing on time. Make it fair so that the deadlines given are doable within the work hours your team are undertaking. You then need to make sure you hold your team accountable for their workload.
Trust your team.
When you undertake project management for remote teams, you need to make sure that you can trust your remote workers. Your teams manage the tasks they are given, your remote employers are then able to hold them accountable.
However, there is an important step before this, hiring people you can trust! Remote project teams can be stressful to manage, especially as you can’t keep that constant eye on them.
When hiring or putting your teams together, ensure that they are strong and dedicated from the start. It is also to communicate at the very start of the project, expectations as well as the goals and objectives of the project. At the start, hold a project team meeting to discuss the vision, goals and timelines of what lies ahead.
Team working is best when everyone is on the same page, heading in the right direction. Your frequent team meetings via video conferencing tools will also help to keep this morale going, resulting in boosted productivity.
Project overview and insights.
Project management software can help to keep your goals insight and managed effectively.
When remote work is being undertaken, it can be difficult to know if everyone is working at the same pace, working towards the same goal or if everything is disjointed. Take advantage of the project management tools that we can provide, here at Execview. So, no matter where your remote teams are, don’t allow the project to become disorganised and chaotic.
Use the project management software we offer alongside the fantastic easy to use tools to ensure your project progresses smoothly with everyone working together. Execview offers you the visibility your project needs to oversee everything going on in your project.
If you are involved in project management, especially when it comes to remote teams, and you’re after software which can be accessible to all those who need it, then let’s have a chat.
Our software can help your project’s success, visibility, boost collaboration and allow easy communication between remote teams. It is easy to use and will take the headache out of managing remote teams for your project. Get in touch today to find out more.