TAP In with Tristan : How to Become a Better Remote Manager

Tristan talks about how you can become a better manager of remote teams. Being a great remote manager, at the end of the day, is finding a groove of clear communication and availability. You have to make yourself available to everyone on your team.

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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. Today, let’s talk about how you can become a better manager of remote teams.

At the start of the pandemic, many companies moved to remote work for what they anticipated to be a short period of time. As the pandemic has progressed, many of those companies have extended their deadline to return to the office or decided to go completely remote moving forward. This shift to hybrid or completely remote working can be difficult for leaders to make. I’ve managed remote teams for 9 years now, and I wanted to provide a few tips that can help you if you find yourself in this situation.

The first thing is to establish regular one-on-one calls with everyone on your team. You always want to have a light agenda, but make sure you understand that the purpose of these calls is to check in with the person and not the work. You can check on the work asynchronously through email, Slack, or whatever messaging platforms you all use. Try to utilize this time to conduct come coaching, provide feedback to help them, identify and remove roadblocks, and discuss future plans and doubts. The direction of the call should be feedback first, strategic conversations next, and, if you have time, tactical discussions last. The mistake that many managers make is doing these in the opposite direction. These meetings can be anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes, and you can modify the length and frequency of the calls based on the needs and preferences of both parties. Make sure to leave space to talk about sensitive tops like personal matters and job performance; these are conversations you never want to rush.

Next, make sure to set the example for how you all will communicate. I suggest that you communicate as much as you can in public instead of DMing people, except for personal matters. This will make you more visible and accessible while setting a great example of asynchronous communication around work updates.

Make it a habit to conduct regular check-ins about all of your direct reports’ workload and working hours. When people work remotely, lines get blurred, and it becomes so much easier to overwork. Many people will not bring this up on their own, so it’s your responsibility to ask. If you find that someone is overworked and burnt out, do everything you can to give them a break. It is essential that you do not postpone this. Adequate rest is essential for your team to perform to the best of their ability.

Being a great remote manager, at the end of the day, is finding a groove of clear communication and availability. You have to make yourself available to everyone on your team.

This tip is brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @layfieldresume, or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.

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