We all know that fabulous companies are built on the back of dream teams. Once you get the right group of people together, no force in the world can stop a business from achieving its goals.
But given the current crisis and the costs of setting up a business, is it possible to put together a dream team without an office.
It turns out that it is. But you have to have your wits about you. Unlike a regular office setup, you can’t just rely on good old-fashioned human relationships and groupwork to pick up the slack. You have to be more active than that.
In this post, we take a look at some of the ways you can create a dream team without an office. Check them out below.
Recruit People Thoughtfully
Running a business like a one-man band hardly ever works. Even people who seem like they are working by themselves actually have a whole team of people behind them, providing scheduling and support. So inviting people to join your team is essential.
However, how you recruit matters a lot. If you bring the wrong people into your team, it’ll suffer.
So how do you recruit in a smart way?
Ideally, you want to look for people who have the skills that you need. That’s essential. But you also want people who have a history of working remotely. These people generally have the skills to get themselves up in the morning, switch on their computer, and start doing their job, without the need for anyone externally nagging them to do so.
Finding these individuals, though, is never easy. They’re hard to find. So make sure that you review your hiring process regularly.
Set Clear Expectations
The next job is to set clear expectations for how remote workers should act and behave. Ideally, you should track documentation and specify what hours they should be online. You should also set clear goals and outcomes, and when your colleagues need to achieve them.
Over time, your colleagues should get a good idea of the standards that you expect and how they can achieve them. Just make sure that you communicate them clearly and fairly so that everyone is on the same page.
Be Highly Engaged With Your Team
When working in a remote setup, it is easy to feel disengaged and distanced from your team. Feelings of disconnectedness can hurt morale in your team and make them feel like separate entities from your company. That’s not what you want.
To get around this, you’ll need to host regular meetings and employee check ins. Have at least one Zoom call where everyone on the team is face to face with everyone else. Furthermore, be sure to check in with team members regularly to see how they’re getting on with things. Try to get departments to host regular calls and meetings with each other too if you run a larger organisation.
Make Professional Development A Priority
Just because people are working remotely, doesn’t mean that professional development should stop. In fact, now that the world is changing quickly, employees need it more than ever.
Managing employees’ mentoring can sometimes be a challenge. But there are now tools that can automate the process and allow you to arrange sessions remotely more easily. PushFar’s mentoring software, for instance, connects both mentors and mentees.
You can also arrange professional training with e-learning organisations. Again, you can use these to provide your employees with qualifications that they can then use in the workplace, both now and later in their careers.
When you make professional development a priority, you give employees reasons to stay in your firm. Over time, they feel more respected and engaged, and they don’t long for a return to regular office life.
Be More Communicative
Keeping communications going when there isn’t an office can be hard. Emails in inboxes sometimes go unread for days.
Finding ways to make your team more communicative outside of Zoom meetings, therefore, is essential.
But how can you do this?
The best approach is to simply use real-time chat apps. These have the advantage of just popping up on workers’ screens, encouraging them to respond immediately, instead of filing it away in their “later” folder, which so often happens with emails.
You should also set up communication systems with clients. Make sure that your employees understand the etiquette that they should use and how they should handle difficult clients if you are not there. Try to stay as connected as you can, even if you can’t be in an office right now.