Remote working

Remote working

 28 Sep 2017

As technology continues to advance we have witnessed huge shifts in the way we work, with many teams working from different hubs. This is something I have experienced in my own career where I have been managed remotely, managed employees based elsewhere and worked in teams where peers worked out of different offices. This has certainly created new ways of working and offered innovation but also has its’ challenges for the future of teams.
 
In my experience, communication tools and strategy become essential when your colleagues are not in a shared work space. The other key factor for strong teamworking is shared vision and understanding of the common work purpose. One of the challenges of line managing teams remotely is building trust and rapport.  When you have daily contact you can easily build strong relationships however, this becomes more challenging when your only contact is by phone, email and monthly meetings. In order to maintain successful remote team relationships I still believe traditional methods have value, and face to face contact is invaluable, particularly at the start of any new working relationship. Where shared culture and objectives are embedded early it is far easier to develop trust and ongoing touch points to ensure team members feel involved, valued and are receiving quality feedback to develop.
 
As we move away from traditional teams to virtual and remote relationships we clearly need to embrace new technology and the accessibility it offers, however, the human touch still has a role to play in building strong teams that are future fit.
 
(by Nadia Macdonald)

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