How to be An Effective Leader in a Virtual Team
A lot of companies today are facing many problems. One of the major problems that they are facing is how to manage their workers. Most of them have this wrong belief that remote workers and workers at home are not as productive as an in house staffer.
They believe that mobile workers are harder to manage than on-site workers. The old style of managing which is the so-called "eyeball management" from which the leaders or the managers presume that these on-site workers are more prolific than mobile workers because they have been seeing them working at their desks.
Now is the time to change that assumption. Yes, on-site workers can be very productive but mobile workers can also do the same. If you are one of those who are having a hard time on managing mobile workers then the following tips might help you:
1. Establish Good Communications. Establishing good communication is one of the most important factors to consider in virtual offices. There are plenty of modern technologies that you can use to communicate. Often communication can help in guaranteeing the success of a virtual office.
2. Provide definite, quantifiable, and reachable goals. The major reason why some companies are thinking twice of hiring mobile workers is because they are not sure if these workers will still do their tasks without supervision. But the thing is even if you are there watching an on-site worker physically, you still can't be so sure what he/she is doing. The fact still remains that even with an on-site worker, you can't watch him or her every second and aside from that you can easily be confused by activity with productivity.
An excellent leader is the one who provides definite, quantifiable, and reachable goals for the mobile employees so that he or she knows what the tasks are that need to be done and when it needs to be done by. If there is a comprehensible description of employees' tasks and responsibilities then there is a bigger chance that the workers will be productive. You should focus your attention op the accomplishments of your workers. This way you will achieve a prolific mobile workforce.
4. Organize meetings. Nothing can be compared to a face-to-face conversation. That is why it is important for virtual offices to consistently communicate through regularly structured meetings.
5. Give remarks and support to your employees. Since there are only a few chances to connect with a mobile employee, the leader must exert some efforts in giving praises and positive observations to each staff member. This is one way to improve your relationship with them.