Managing a Remote Team: 12 Best Practices for Better Productivity

The remote and mobile workforce population is steadily rising. Even IBM adjusted its HR policies to accommodate remote workers. Today, it is one of the top companies that make use of a remote workforce, offering flexible work options, alongside Apple, Dell and Xerox.

To ascertain staff productivity in teams that are scattered across various locations, below are twelve best practices to effectively manage a mobile/remote workforce:

1. Embrace flexibility

Managing a remote workforce will require application of a diverse set of techniques and mediums to get a task accomplished. Individuals are, well, individuals and are, therefore, unique, and so are their ways to accomplishing things. While maintaining protocols is important to achieve business goals, allowing remote workers to utilize methods and tools they have already proven to work is good practice. Investing in communications software that can be used around the clock could be a good idea, so team members can easily let others know when they are and aren’t available.

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Maricel Rivera manages content for Comindware, a global leader in adaptive BPM and project management solutions. You may connect with her on Twitter.

1 reply
  1. Ved Raj
    Ved Raj says:

    A great article to read. I would like to add some more points in this list which are also best practices for managing remote teams for better productivy.

    1. Develop and follow a team plan
    2. Get to know the team members
    3. Stay in touch
    4. Maximize meetings
    5. Leverage technology



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