Managing Virtual Teams – Top Tips from Change and Transformation Professionals

Hamilton Forth is running a series of virtual networking events, inviting clients to get together online and discuss the challenges currently presented by the COVID-19 crisis, and sharing ideas and best practice as how best to tackle them.

Our first event involved senior change and transformation professionals sharing some of their insights and tips for managing virtual teams in the first of our three part blog series following the event.

 

Step Up Communication

Whilst priorities are likely to change long term, at this point in the crisis, teams need regular communication.  Communicate daily on the impact of the crisis on your company and the wider economy, and use the communications to check in on the wellbeing of your people.  Video calls are a great way to do this, as messages can be misunderstood when only communicated via email.

 

Encourage Routine but Embrace Flexibility

We all want our teams to be productive, but it is important to make space in our schedules and come up with routine.  As well as daily check-ins, encourage your team members to make time for exercise, and where appropriate, to spend time with their families. Recognise that those with young children and may have to work non-standard hours, and embrace it.

 

Think Creatively

Managing remotely long term will require creative thinking in order to solve problems.  Hold virtual workshops to come up with new strategies, and ensure you are maximising the time your team has available.  Replace physical engagement in the workplace with virtual talks, events, and learning opportunities.

 

Stay Connected

Make sure people are comfortable with the way they are working and feel sufficiently connected with the organisation and what is happening.  Set up virtual coffee mornings, quizzes, and challenges to maintain connections between team members, and up morale.

 

Look out for the next blog in our series, which shares Leadership Lessons in the COVID-19 Crisis from our event panel.

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