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“My door is always open”

In July 2020, more than 75 percent of managers had never coached remote teams. They had to improvise. While some managers seek to create a fulfilling work environment, others fall into control and micro-management. How can you ensure that you support your team remotely?

Here are five practices that will help you gradually deploy a healthy culture of remote collaboration: 

– Encourage informal conversations, by, for example, interacting on your company’s social network or by sharing your calendar to make it easy to book an appointment – as if all you had to do was stick your head through the office door. 

– Trust your team! Contrary to managers’ apprehensions, three-quarters of employees are as productive, if not more so, in telework as in the office. 

– Continue training: You don’t want your team to stagnate if they need to master new skills. 

– Be vigilant about morale and ask your team regularly how you can help them. 

– Team-test technologies that can help you automate tasks or facilitate collaborative work. Turn the necessary use of technology into an opportunity. 

To go further

“5 top tips to make you a better remote leader in 2021”

by Marcus Buckingham (MIT Sloan Management Review, March 2021). 

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Florence Meyer
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Executive coach, change management expert, and author. Constantly on the lookout for the latest management and leadership trends.