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Host Frequent 1:1 Meetings And Be Open To Feedback

1-on-1 meetings are a great opportunity for managers to talk candidly with their direct reports. They are also opportunities for managers to grow as leaders of a remote team, to reflect on their own mentoring skills, their ability to give feedback and listen to constructive criticism.

Some questions that managers can ask during these meetings:

  • What’s on your mind this week?
  • Last time we spoke, you said X was a challenge for you. How is that going?
  • What are your plans and priorities for this week?
  • How aligned do you feel with where the company is going?
  • What feedback do you have for me?

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Set Up Communication Guidelines

It’s really important for remote leaders to set rules around how, when, and which communication tools to use when working in virtual teams. When to use Slack? Which situations call for an email? Under what circumstances should an ad-hoc meeting be scheduled? 

Set u...

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Make An Effort To Not Micromanage

Micromanagement can be a costly management style that can lead to low employee morale, high staff turnover, reduction of productivity, and overall dissatisfaction. 

Avoid constantly asking for status updates as this can come across as having a lack of trust in the team ...

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Finding Balance In Your Communication Frequency

Finding Balance In Your Communication Frequency

The only thing that has really helped to bridge the virtual gap between employees and managers is communication. However, both over-communicating and under-communicating — the extreme ends of optimal communication — come with their downsides. 

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Asynchronous and Synchronous communication.

  • Synchronous communication includes every form of communication that happens in real-time, and there’s an immediate response.
  • Asynchronous communication includes every form of communication that doesn’t happen in real-time, and responses can occur int...

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Recurring check-ins ensure regular communication between managers and their direct reports. Each week, every employee reflects on their role and provides a brief update and share the following:

  • A quick pulse on how they’re feeling.
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Cultivating Work Culture

  1. Gather qualitative and quantitative input at all levels (surveys, one-on-one meetings, and regularly scheduled feedback). Use data to guide you into fostering a safe environment for your employees.
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How to give great feedback

Great feedback isn't about convincing others to do things your way - it is about giving them insight on how to improve on their own methods.

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