Leverage technology to collaborate
Speaking of which, 70% of business professionals expect the use of online collaboration platforms to increase in the future. Virtual teams truly need to explore and incorporate technology into their ways of working to succeed. The team needs to consciously create and construct a cyberspace environment that supports required communication tasks. The time to invest is now.
Be visible & check-in frequently
Virtual distance can lower your team member’s trust by 83%, the ability to innovate by 93%, and engagement by 80%. To counter this distance, you need to make yourself regularly available.
Leaders often question how they should communicate with their teams virtually, which typically results in radio silence. However, there is no such thing as communicating too much when it comes to virtual leadership.
Empower & promote self-leadership
Leading remotely presents a paradox, as you need to keep the full overview, but you cannot lead everything all at once. Instead, you will have to build trust with, and empower your team to, take action and initiative to keep the wheels turning.
Beware of the mixed office/remote culture
As offices start to open, your team is going to have, or is having mixed feelings about coming back to work. Many will want to continue to perform their responsibilities remotely. When your entire team is remote you will adjust more easily because you have to, and you will be forced to implement strategies that work for a remote team. However, when you have half of the team in an office and the other half remote it can cause problems. For example, your office team might decide to hold a quick meeting and leave out the remote team members who end up not having their voice heard. No matter what you try to from a technology standpoint, those who are not there feel disconnected.