When getting started with building your remote team, understanding the basics is important. Let's start by discovering what it takes to create a solid remote team. In this blog post, you will learn key things that will help you begin.
How do you get started in building a solid remote team?
This is a great question and it all starts with having a great understanding of what the focus is on in your business. Along with knowing who you on your team who can help you run your business. According to the Harvard Business Review, there are ten basic principles of making your remote teamwork:
- Get the team together physically early-on.
- Clarify tasks and processes, not just goals and roles.
- Commit to a communication charter.
- Leverage the best communication technologies.
- Build a team with rhythm.
- Agree on a shared language.
- Create a “virtual water cooler.”
- Clarify and track commitments.
- Foster shared leadership.
- Don’t forget the 1:1s.
This is a great top ten list and I would encourage you to review this list to see which tips can help you with building a solid remote team.
Diving into tips about remote teams
Now that we have identified some ways that you can enhance your team, let's dive deeper into learning how these tips can be applied to your team. We are going to start with diving deeper with the first three tips on the list.
Get the team together physically early-on.
Even though the suggestion is to do this physically, you can also do this virtually via a web meeting service list BlueJeans. My team meets on a weekly basis for about an hour to touch base and to discuss current/upcoming projects. It also a time when we just want to “say hi” and spend friendly time with each other. Our team considers each other as family and we are very supportive of each other.
Clarify tasks and processes, not just goals and roles.
One of the most important things you can do as a team is to make sure you clarify all tasks along with your processes. We have found that by documenting processes, it makes it easy to train new team members. It also helps us as we manage our daily tasks. Yes, clarifying goals and roles are very important too. After knowing these, understanding “what's next” is just as important which is what you do when you clarify tasks and processes.
Commit to a communication charter.
Building a solid communication plan and committing to it can help your team stay connected as well as understanding what's being related. We use a project management system called Basecamp to manage all of our projects along with internal communication between employees. Basecamp also allows us to keep clients informed of the progress with projects.