Virtual Remote Teams Management Tips & Training
Working on remote or virtual teams can be a challenge for both employees and managers. Without face to face contact, it can be more difficult to resolve problems and communicate properly. During his time at Google, Chris learned valuable strategies for managing these remote relationships.
The following list includes some tips and presentation topics regarding Remote and Virtual teams:
What type of culture do you currently have within your organization? Try and help your team understand the culture even if you have people working in the team who are not physically present. A constant issue that Chris often hears from clients is that people feel disconnected from others at the main office. It is best practice to make a constant effort to include all employees. One easy method is to include all employees in news updates and upcoming events.
Ensuring you have the right tools when working with remote teams is critical to the success of the entire group. Often times connectivity issues can cause meetings to be significantly delayed. Many companies are now supplying their team with laptops and cameras to help things move smoothly. In addition, making sure your team members are in a quiet area with a good internet connection can be an additional key to access. It is also important to try and spend time training the team so that they feel comfortable with new tools such as Skype or Zoom.
Availability on Remote Virtual Teams
As the manager or leader of a virtual team, you want to ensure you’re readily available. Some employees may not be as vocal as others, but being available has proven to be instrumental in building trust over time. Reaching out and having a good quantity of meetings is crucial for connecting with your team. In addition, availability is a two-way street. As such, you want to ensure they are available as well as for important projects and updates.
Virtual Meetings in the remote environment
One challenge that remote virtual teams face is not knowing exactly what is being done by other members outside the office. One important factor to success is making sure team members report their tasks and status regularly throughout the week. The key areas to report on are major items completed during the week, items to be worked on next week, and at least three small items that have been completed. These details are important for helping the team stay on the same page. Weekly team meetings are also another benefit to the team.
Motivation for remote virtual teams
Attempt to motivate employees the same way you would if they were in the office. Many companies try to bring everyone together two times a year if possible. This could just be a social function or training that can be beneficial in building a better team environment.
Overall, be sure to communicate more frequently with your remote team. Hopefully, some of these tips can help you effectively manage remote teams.
Work with Chris if you want help leading remote virtual teams through training or presentations. He is a virtual keynote speaker who spends time understanding client needs. Presentations include team-building training activities for remote teams along with useful tools to communicate. This can be helpful if you are a remote employee or a manager of remote teams.
Virtual Keynote Short Description (Can be provided virtually or in-person)
Top Strategies for Managing Remote Teams
Working on remote and virtual teams can be a challenge. If you are a manager of a remote workforce, you may face problems with handling people who are not in front of you on a daily and weekly basis? Maintaining culture and having team members feel connected is crucial for growth. This motivational session will provide proven strategies that help companies have successful remote teams. Chris is one of the virtual motivational speakers who takes time to understand specific challenges of your remote team.
- Learn how to best maintain company values and culture while working remotely
- Learn how to utilize the latest online technology to collaborate
- Learn motivational ways to keep team members accountable in order to reach goals
- Keep remote teams excited with new ways to connect on a daily basis
- Find out the best way to manage virtual teams
- Learn the characteristics of great virtual teams
- Evaluating technological resources while managing remote virtual teams
- Sharing workload expectations, deadlines, priorities and schedules
- Maintaining team morale, productivity and engagement on remote teams
In-Person or Virtual Keynote Speaker Session formats
Remote team management seminar ( Full day or Half Day)
Managing remote teams Keynote ( 90 minutes )
Manage virtual teams interactive workshop (Half Day)
(Can be customized)
Past presentation and speaker example:
Car manufacturer based in Germany
training virtual teams to use key technology
virtual team training on remote collaboration tips.
Provided remote teams presentation to management and team members. Employees from Germany and 10 other countries attended virtually. Also provided training ideas to staff on the topic. Many of these are done privately to companies who want to manage remote employees better while maintaining culture and collaboration efforts. They needed a trainer or speaker who could cover the topics needed. Remote team management training is needed more than ever for organizations
Virtual motivational speakers are good to work with because:
- The message reaches people in different locations.
- Interactive communication throughout the virtual event.
- The value is still presented to the audience.
- Keynote Speakers often research the audience beforehand.
Chris N. Cheetham-West, MBA is an international speaker, trainer, and President of LR Training Solutions. Formerly, he served in a position at Google where he worked in the area of marketing key products. He worked on a team with 100 virtual employees where he learned the importance of communicating with remote team members. This experience gave him valuable knowledge and strategies in communicating virtually with teams. Chris helps teams save time and focus on what matters by using the latest tools online. His career has taken him to 48 US states. He was voted as one of the top 50 Black Entrepreneurs & professionals in Texas list by D-Mars in 2020 for his corporate training company. Contact him to be a keynote speaker or session presenter for an event or for advice on remote team management and virtual teams. He can be a virtual keynote speaker or in-person presenter. Chris is based in the USA. The best way to contact is through email Chris (at) Chrisnwest.com