You cannot watch your remote team all the time. You might be concerned that they are wasting time, and therefore, wasting money, but when we work with remote creatives, it’s a combination of trust and motivation. How can we ensure we get the most out of our remote workers?

Keep It Brief

We have to avoid getting into the habit of sending one email to clarify one simple point. It’s far better for us to send out an email that clarifies a number of them. In fact, what we could do instead is have a team brief every morning via Skype. This ensures that everybody’s sat down ready to start work, but we can get our point across without worrying that our email comes across in a rude manner. Brevity is vital, but we’ve also got to minimize conflict. When it comes to communication through remote work, we’ve got to be simple in how we word things. After all, people don’t want to waste part of their working day reading an email which will distract them, make them lose their place, and therefore, really attack their productivity.

Keep Them Secure

One of the big concerns in remote working is that the employees could hinder their productivity by going on a website that is full of viruses. In an ideal world, you would give them an encrypted work computer, but when we work with people from all across the planet, we’ve got to look after the data that we present to them. There are companies like that can provide IT support, but we’ve got to do what we can to ensure that our workers are looking after their online health. It’s a combination of instilling the best practices, as well as providing them with the right tools.

Set Boundaries

Not just in terms of working practices, but also how you react to numerous messages throughout the day. This is especially important if you are working with teams across the globe. If you get a message from an employee in Egypt, and it is the middle of the night where you are, this pressure to get back to them straight away can have a detrimental impact on your leadership, as well as your health. Boundaries will result in comfortable working practices. A little tool may benefit is, so people can see when you are working. But in addition to this, if you are the only person that is providing advice for the team, you should consider delegating to someone within that time zone.

Remote working is far more popular now than ever, but this means that we’ve got to put the stops in place to ensure that everybody is productive, but also, they are given (almost) free rein to complete the work as they please. Sometimes this is impossible, due to deadlines and so forth, but if we are working with people from across all parts of the globe, we’ve got to put in a few processes that ensure that they know what they’re doing, but also, that we are communicating what we mean without sending 50 emails a day!