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Leading your teams during this time could line up to come with its own challenges. Creating a work culture in person is hard enough so imagine having to engage and create a virtual culture? That sure comes with its own set of challenges.
Here are 5 Ways to lead your team virtually.
1.Choose Video communication over phone or email when possible. Seeing each other’s facial expressions and eye contact helps connect your team on a more personal level.
2. Schedule routine meetings during the same day and time during the week. Creating this structured communication with your team helps them stay consistent and ease stress and anxiety since a space has been created when everyone checks in on each other and can get on the same page.
3. Set up clear deliverable tasks with deadlines. Giving your team detailed instructions of what is expected, by when and what the potential end result looks like is a great way to reduce frustration and misunderstanding over the completion of tasks.
4. Level set expectations and some professionalism standards. Stating team expectations and ground rules on your calls is a good way to get everyone on the same mindset and reduce distractions that might occur at this time. You also want to have your team together online at the same time during the day despite differences in time zones. It will help with the unity of the team members.
5. Set up a virtual reward system to keep your team motivated and engaged. Reward people based on their skills because this way it stimulates them to work harder, and perform better. It also helps with figuring out who can take on more responsibility.