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Burnout is very real, particularly for remote workers. Over a quarter of workers reported the inability to unplug outside of work hours as a challenge of working from home.
In a remote structure, the home office might be the living room couch or a kitchen table — with a commute of a few steps down the hall. Unplugging seems impossible when a laptop is sitting a few feet away at all times. And it’s tempting for your remote workers to want to finish “just one more thing.”
As a leader, you have to help employees manage their workload and set work-life boundaries, so their well-being isn’t impacted.
It’s hard to know where productivity and work progress stands when managing remote teams. When you’re not working with your team members in person, updates aren’t as simple as a five-minute chat in the office. And meeting after meeting on Zoom isn’t efficient or sustainable.
You’re managing several people (and projects) and don’t have time to be in virtual meetings or responding to messages all day. But with deadlines and numbers to meet, having visibility into team performance and progress can make all the difference.
Remote work comes with so many avenues for communication, like email, instant messaging apps, or video conferencing—almost too many.
The abundance of platforms and lack of non-verbal cues leaves room for communication to get lost or misinterpreted.
Remote work means your company may be made up of employees scattered across time zones. Approximately 98% of respondents surveyed by Buffer reported their company having employees in multiple zones. This means your team members may be working at different hours of the day, depending on where they live.
Sure, there might be a few hours of overlap, but the fact of the matter is, employees must learn to work asynchronously on projects. So as you’re managing remote teams, you need collaboration tools and systems in place that support employees no matter what time zone they are in.
Company culture thrives on face-to-face interactions. It’s just easier to get employees engaged and invested in the work when they feel connected to your company.
With remote team members, cultivating a sense of company culture isn’t as simple as it would be in the office. In fact, 16% of remote employees told Buffer they struggle with loneliness due to remote work.
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