The demands on leaders to attract, retain and engage teams across remote and hybrid workplaces has never been greater. This rapid shift to working remotely not only throws up new challenges for leaders and managers, many find themselves scrambling to adapt their leadership styles and satisfy the needs of their remote employees.
To help you gain an understanding of the key drivers of remote and hybrid workplace success, here are some of our favourite strategies for building a strong and connected remote team.
Clear Communication and Transparency
One of the most effective ways to attract and keep top talent in remote and hybrid work environments is to provide clear communication and transparency. Remote and hybrid workers often feel disconnected from their colleagues and your business or organisation’s mission, so it’s important for leaders to clearly communicate
- the organisation’s goals, and
- how each individual’s role fits into that mission.
Leaders also need to be transparent about the company’s performance and changes that may be on the horizon. This helps to build trust with remote and hybrid workers and makes them feel more connected to the organisation or business.
Create Opportunities for Connection and Collaboration
To ensure team members stay connected, find ways for them to connect and collaborate with others on the team. This can be done through virtual team building activities, regular team meetings, or online forums where employees can connect and share ideas. By providing opportunities for remote and hybrid workers to connect with their colleagues, leaders can help to create a sense of community and belonging among the team.
Be Flexible and Adaptable
With remote workers often working different hours or in different time zones, leaders need to be able to adapt their management style to accommodate these differences. This might mean being more lenient with work schedules or being more patient when communicating with remote workers. By being flexible and adaptable, leaders can help to create a more inclusive and supportive work environment for remote and hybrid teams.
Provide Access to the Necessary Tools, Resources and Training
It’s also important for leaders to focus on equipping and empowering remote and hybrid workers to be successful by providing access to the necessary tools, resources and training to work effectively in a remote or hybrid work environment. Some examples of this include:
- Providing the right technology platforms
- Collaboration tools, and secure connectivity and access to the right resources, and
- Training to work effectively in the remote environment.
Be Open to Change
Future forward workplaces need leaders to not only adapt to the current remote and hybrid working conditions but also be proactive in anticipating and preparing for the future. To do this, leaders need to be constantly on the lookout for new ways to improve their organisation and be open to change. This might include implementing new technologies, introducing new working methods, or experimenting with different team structures. Being open to change and innovation will help to keep the organisation agile and responsive to the ever-changing work environment.
Above all, it is vital for leaders to have a forward-looking mindset and be open to new methods, technologies, and ideas to anticipate and prepare for future work environments.
If you are looking for more ideas that can help you lead and manage a remote or hybrid team, contact us today at Rapport Leadership to arrange a confidential chat or to request a FREE training or coaching proposal.