5 tips on how to manage a remote Tech team

2 mins | James Milligan | Article | Managing a team

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Remote work has become increasingly common, especially in tech companies. As a manager, leading a remote team comes with unique challenges. Here are some tips to help you effectively manage a remote tech team:

1. Set clear expectations

With a remote team, you lack the in-person interactions to constantly align on goals and expectations. Be very clear from the start about things like work schedules, availability, deadlines, and communication norms. Have regularly scheduled 1-on-1s to touch base and provide feedback. Document everything to avoid misalignment down the road. 

2. Overcommunicate

Communication must be much more intentional and structured with a remote team. Erring on the side of overcommunication helps ensure everyone is looped in. Be very responsive on chat platforms and email. Set up regular team-wide meetings for updates and collaboration. And encourage open lines of communication at all times. 

3. Use collaboration tools

The right collaboration tools are essential for remote teams. Have platforms like Slack, Zoom, Asana, and Google Docs to streamline communication, video conferencing, task management, and file sharing. Take time to train everyone on these tools and optimize their usage. 

4. Build team relationships

With less daily in-person interaction, you have to be more purposeful in building remote team relationships. Schedule virtual social events like remote coffee breaks or virtual happy hours. Ensure to recognize accomplishments publicly on the team chat channel to make your team members feel appreciated. You can also send care packages or treats to help connect with your team members. 

5. Prioritize transparency

Trust and transparency become more difficult on a remote team, so go above and beyond to be transparent as a manager. Explain decisions, strategy, and company updates thoroughly. Additionally, be available to answer questions and give access to relevant documents and data. The more transparency, the more trust.

Managing remote teams has challenges, but following these tips will help you be an effective, trusted leader. With the right strategy, you can build an amazing remote culture and team. Just stay proactive in your management approach. 

Get in contact with a recruitment expert today for more tips and advice.

About this author

James Milligan
Global Head of Hays Technology 

James Milligan is the Global Head of Hays Technology, having joined in 2000. In his role, he is responsible for the strategic development of Hays’ technology businesses globally.

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