Just like many of you, we’ve shifted to fully remote working conditions. The territory comes with its challenges, especially for managers who have been asked to quickly adapt to a completely new way of managing.
Managing without face to face communication, being able to tap someone on the shoulder, give feedback at their desk or just chat in the break room.
To help you help your managers, we asked some of our leaders what they are actually doing right now to engage with their team remotely. Below is their secret top tips and tricks for you to steal and share with your managers.
Look, I’m writing this now and I know just how many ‘remote work tips’ blog posts are out there. The difference between them and this? Our managers are actually using these approaches. They weren’t just conjured up by some content writer, after a cursory search for “top remote work tips” on google.
So we know they work, because… well, we use them. In fact, one of the managers in the video is MY manager (can you guess which one?).
Here is a breakdown of the tips you can copy and paste to share with your managers in the next 30 seconds.
Bonus tip: use https://meet.jit.si/ for a free, secure video conferencing tool without needing a download (browser-based).
Bonus tip: open the meeting up 5 minutes early for social catchups, to replicate the normal chats that happen when grabbing coffee
Bonus tip: Put in an END OF DAY calendar reminder for you and your team, as a signal to stop for the day (to prevent burn-out).
Feel free to steal these approaches directly and share with your management team. We find them very useful with our people, and you may too.
Managing remotely can be difficult, and finding the right management routine and practice is like riding a bike. You may fall off a couple of times first, and you might need training wheels (like the approaches above), but once you get the hang of it, you’ll never forget!
Thanks for reading.