On the face of it, operating a remote team seems like a great idea. You’re not restricted by geographical proximity to your workforce, meaning that you can draw people from the global talent pool. And you don’t have to pay for physical premises to house everyone who works at your firm. What’s not to like?
It turns out, though, that some companies can get into trouble if they don’t manage their remote teams properly. Employing people at a distance is very different from hiring them in person and demanding that they show up to an office every day to receive their paycheck.
The main issue that businesses face has to do with communication, as the following infographic points out. Company managers often find it hard to shift from their in-person style to the digital realm. They think that they have it nailed, but often they don’t.
There’s another issue too: the lack of productivity improvements. You would have thought that eliminating the daily commute would increase the value of workers during the day, but only a small fraction of companies find this. For most, the gains in output are disappointing.
The good news, as this infographic shows, is that you can still have your cake at and eat when it comes to remote working – but you must adopt virtual team management best practices. If you don’t, you could find your experiment turns out to be a disaster.
If you want to find out what these strategies are, take a look at the following infographic.
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