As a remote manager, this means you need to be more intentional about how your team members are connecting with one another – and how you’re connecting with them. For example, many remote companies default to video as a means of creating a higher fidelity of connection. Additionally, some remote managers will invest in doing some sort of in-person team meet-up.
4. Have the hard conversations, quickly.
Telling a team member something they don’t want to hear is hard enough. But how do you do it when you’re not in-person? Finding a way to have the hard conversations quickly is crucial in remote teams. As a result, remote teams tend to emphasize structures, processes, and habits that help force hard conversations to happen sooner. For instance, more remote managers report having formal onboarding processes compared to co-located managers and, more remote managers have a mentor or work buddy than those in an office environment.