March 25, 2020
Annette Giordano, Managing Partner
The COVID-19 Pandemic and impacts are unprecedented in our modern economy and suddenly a lot of experts have appeared on the scene to offer advice in various aspects.
We don’t give advice unless we actually know what we’re talking about –so we won’t guide you on handwashing and self-quarantining – but we do know how to operate successfully in a remote work environment; we’ve been doing it effectively since 2002.
If you’ve managed a remote team before, you likely know most or all of the following best practices. But if you’re used to everyone being in an office setting (even if it’s not the same physical building as yours), there are innate checks and balances in that. So, it’s logical that this might be a daunting time, especially as you and your team are also dealing with the personal impacts of the situation at the same time. So here are some best practices to help smooth one aspect of things, managing your remote team:
When you’re working with our team, we’ve got your back, in the following ways:
We already have processes instituted at the top of our selection process to identify individuals who are ready and able to work effectively in a remote setting.
We check references to ensure professional capability of remote work.
We outline the challenges and expectations of remote work honestly to our people, to ensure a cultural fit.
We talk through personal obligations to determine a true sense of someone’s ability to effectively take on your work.
We create a plan to keep in regular contact with our team, which helps augment your goals.
We reinforce the importance of communication with you and identification of conflicts before they become an issue.
Even the veteran manager of WFH (Work from Home) professionals will face challenges they didn’t have a month ago, as they and their people deal with situations never encountered before.
So, be patient with yourself and others. One day at a time is how we’ll all get through this pandemic.
Wishing you health!