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How to support your virtual team

Most businesses are open to remote working if it's feasible. Make sure you have strong communication channels, and robust systems to support your flexible workers and ensure continued productivity for your business.

With so many companies offering remote working on a more permanent level, this article details what you need to consider - if you haven't already.

The key considerations around remote working

When you’re working with a distributed team, communication is key, and as the employer, it’s your job to provide the resources and systems to make this happen. Typically, these might include:
  • Laptops and other tech as required;
  • Compensation if an employee is using their home internet connection;
  • A way to stay in touch with the team, beyond email. Platforms like Slack are great for team communication;
  • Guidelines around how often and in what way the entire team will catch up;
  • Project management tools that are accessible for every worker.

Your workplace culture

With these essentials in place, the biggest factor in making remote work a success is workplace culture. Consider upskilling your management team to make sure they are ready to support your remote staff or even to give them the skills to allow them to do their roles remotely.

Remote working can be isolating for an individual and sometimes the meaning in email and text can be lost so it is important to factor in a regular face-to-face meeting or video conference to bring coworkers together, enable mutual understanding and to build the team culture.

If you’re planning to offer remote work to your team, make sure you have strong communication channels, and robust systems to support your flexible workers.

Need some advice?

If you would like help on how to support your virtual team, please get in touch with the lovely team at Rowdens who will be only too pleased to help you.

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