Managing remote employees – Best Practice

Virtual leadership, is much more demanding than leading people on-site. Managers who lead virtually master completely new leadership tasks.

Their questions are, e.g.:

  • How can I inspire my high-performing employees?
  • How can I control if the tasks projects are on the right track?
  • How can I get in touch with my employees, so I don’t miss an important information?
  • How can I inform my employees, so that THEY don’t miss an important information?
  • How can I bring together my employees and team, so that they can collaborate efficiently?

In virtual leadership the manager and at least one of his/her employees are physically separated from each other and therefore have to communicate via different channels, e.g:

  • Phone
  • E-Mail
  • Messengers / chat
  • Collaboration tools, e.g. wiki
  • Shares files

3 most common mistakes:

  • The remote leader forgets to inform the team members about an important change or deadline
  • The remote leader start to micro-manage everyone and has no time left for the important decision making
  • The remote leader doesn’t give the employees all information (e.g. goals), resources, tools, and trust they need to succeed

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