Managing remote teams

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What do you need for home or remote working
Use this tool to examine what will be needed for successful remote working, to consider health and safety concerns and to make a plan to set up the remote working site.
What support and technology will be needed for remote workers
A tool that can be used to look at the company's and individual manager's responsibilities in terms of supplying the support the remote worker will need.
Risk lists for remote workers
A tool that can be used to identify risks that would make remote working impossible or difficult and to plan for interruptions or disasters when remotely working.
Skills audit for remote workers
A tool that can be used to think carefully about the qualities needed for remote working or managing a remote worker, identify the skills available and plan for any shortfalls in skill.
Who are the stakeholders in remote working
A tool that can be used to identify the stakeholders and prepare an action plan to facilitate their involvement (or not, as the case may be).
House rules for remote working
A tool that can be used to uncover and solve common problems and get the remote team communicating with each other.
Establishing trust in remote working
You can use this tool to diagnose behaviours that might lead to a lack of trust between the remote team and their manager.
Remote working expectations exchange
A tool that can be used to investigate realistically and unthreateningly what we expect from each other.
Getting to know your remote workers
A tool that can be used to get the team of remote workers to know each other and find out what they have in common and how they differ.
Reporting for remote workers
A tool that can be used to produce a reporting system that the team will happily use.
Meeting team members - remote workers
A tool that can be used to introduce the remote team to the 'home' team, to show how the remote team fits into the organisation, to make good use of remote team visits to headquarters and to establish whether the remote team's view of the world matches with key individuals at headquarters.
Induction for remote workers
A tool that can be used to design an induction process that can be used whenever a new team member is introduced into the remote team.
Helping remote workers understand where they fit in
You can use this tool to help the remote team understand their importance in contributing to the company objectives and clarify the tactical and logistical objectives that support the strategic objectives.
Understanding consequences - remote workers
A tool that can be used to take a look at how remote workers affect the organisation.
Using the right means of communication for remote workers
You can use this tool to look at the most effective ways for remote workers to communicate with each other and with the 'home' team.
How communication works for remote workers
You can use this tool to identify bad habits when communicating.
The dangers of poor communication for remote workers
A tool that can be used to understand your own and your team's communication barriers.
Use of conference calls for remote workers
Use this tool to help make conference calling effective.
The importance of feedback for remote workers
A tool that can be used to set a pattern for honest and useful feedback and create an atmosphere that encourages feedback.
Look to the future - remote workers
Use this tool to get remote workers to think about their current role, how they perceive it changing and to get them to plan for their part in that change.
Assessing when help is needed
You can use this tool to assess the point at which it is right to ask for help and be clear about what you are asking for.
Remote working - my least favourite things
Use this tool to highlight in a positive way what irritates individuals and to look for ways to resolve these issues.
Controlling remote teams
You can use this tool to give your remote group a chance to practise effective problem-solving.
Learning together - remote teams
You can use this tool to identify the skills available, plan for any skills shortfalls and identify the development plans of the team.
Group think - a deadly killer
You can use this tool to look at ways in which you and your remote team can diagnose problems associated with group think and nip them in the bud.
Dealing with poor time management - remote workers
Use this tool to look at ways in which you and your remote team can diagnose problems associated with poor time management and nip them in the bud.
Preventing awful meetings for remote workers
Use this tool to look at ways in which you and your remote team can diagnose problems associated with meetings and nip them in the bud.
Helping remote workers deal with stress
Use this tool to look at ways in which you and your remote team can diagnose problems associated with stress and nip them in the bud.
Unrealistic targets - remote workers
A tool that can be used to look at ways in which you and your remote team can diagnose problems associated with unrealistic targets and nip them in the bud.