Internet has changed the workplace is by allowing employees to operate at any time and from any location as long as they have a fast Internet connection and a computing device such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet. This technology is being used by freelancers, small businesses, and even huge companies to help their employees effectively complete tasks without having to go to the office every day.
Digital teams gathered from all over the world working in tandem to collaborate and complete projects are now popular, due to current technologies such as Skype, GoTo Meeting, Google, Dropbox, Binfire, and other online social networking. In comparison to managing an offline co-located team, however, managing remote teams presents several specific challenges.
Effective Techniques to manage a remote team
- Using online project management tools to plan what needs to be accomplished, who needs to do each task, and information about how each task can be completed successfully is one way to efficiently manage a virtual team. This is especially important as there is no regular physical meeting to provide updates, direction, and supervision to ensure that the work is completed correctly and on time.
- Another way to handle a remote team efficiently is to communicate effectively. Communication becomes more difficult when people are not near one another. Effective communication is one of the most critical aspects of any project’s success, as any good project manager can attest. To ensure that work is being done to a high standard, the project manager can check in with employees regularly via e-mail, Skype, online chat, or even phone calls.
- Online project management software is a tool required to managing remote teams. This helps the project manager and the team to set tasks, realistic deadlines so that everyone knows what projects need to be done and when. Goals should also be measurable.