What kind of people to find for the remote team?
+ Extend article with your inputBy far the most important ingredient is the team. Not everyone can work well in a remote environment. Not everyone can manage a remote team either. Therefore, it is important to build a team that can be easily managed in a virtual environment. Here’s what makes the best remote workers for us:
Hire people who love to workThose people who have established work habits and are self-disciplined will get things done even if they are working from an isolated island. You don’t need to delegate tasks and direct on a daily basis to get something done. You’ll still need to provide guidance and direction on the most important things to do, but failing that, a good associate will do something on their own to find follow-up work.
Hire people you can trustRemote work stops working when you can’t trust the person on the other end of the screen. If you are constantly worrying about what someone is doing, you waste energy unnecessarily and focus on something other than e.g. per product or customers. Trust is key. On the other hand, you also need to show trust in the people you hire. As a manager, you must learn to lead by expectations, so make sure you can demonstrate trust in those you hire.
Hire people who know how to be without social supportSocializing is important in any team, but the truth is that remote workplaces tend to be less social than physical offices. People in remote teams have to be comfortable with the fact that they won’t be able to have the social support they would have in a physical office. The best remote workers will thrive in this type of environment.
Remote team management softwareIn a physical office, you can always gather the team for an all-inclusive meeting and easily direct them on your way. But in a remote team, you’ll need the right tools to ensure everyone stays on the same page of information. Here are some of the tools we use to make our job easier. While using the same tools isn’t all that important, you’ll probably need a tool in certain categories like group chat and video conferencing to make remote work successful. These tools will probably change a lot over the years, so be ready to react agilely to changes and innovations.
- Slack Slack is currently the most widely used communication app on the market. Slack is a free and paid tool that allows you to create various channels, reminders, and integrations with other automation and notification tools.
- Notion Notion is our personal favorite application for remote work and remote team management. Notion enables the organization of things such as tasks, opportunities, company notes, and input of various documentation (design system and program documentation). Notion needs to pay a few euros per month to manage the team.
- GitHub Github is an application for code versioning in programming projects. The tool allows recording changes in the code and can be used for more advanced processes such as continuous releases of CI (Continuous Integration) products.
- Zoom Zoom is an application for conference calls. It is currently the first choice for many companies, as it enables uninterrupted conferences with a larger number of participants. If you need conference calls longer than 40 minutes, you will need to upgrade to a paid version.