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Remote Teams and Accountability

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byVexxit Staff onSeptember 14, 2020

How do you know your team is really working if they are all remote?

I was caught off-guard the other day when someone asked me the question, how do you know your team is really working if they are all remote?  

To be honest, I had never really thought about it until that moment.  

I have always enjoyed the culture of a fluid work environment. There is a certain authenticity and trust that is created when a physical office building is not present, and you have to rely strictly on a person’s voice and/or a video screen to make a connection.  Ultimately though, a remote workforce stresses productivity above all else.   

Back to the question at hand.  

Allow me to use the team that is working @Vexxit as the example.  Admittedly I am smiling while writing this because it is almost laughable to question the work ethic of this amazing group of people who work diligently, smartly and very effectively each day. Like most companies, we have so much going on @Vexxit that I literally make more of a conscious effort to try and have them stop working vs motivating them to keep working.  

So, what’s the secret sauce in remote work accountability?

1.     Independence

Don’t get me wrong, teamwork propels the company forward, but if an individual cannot thrive working independently, it’s not going to work out for them or the company. 

2.     Project Management

The default assumption is often to rely upon a software tool that keeps everyone on track.  I’ve found that the software is only as good as the users.  If a person struggles to manage a project without the aid of a tool, something tells me they will still have difficulty even with a project management tool.

3.     Communication

Teammates and stakeholders need to know what is happening…the good and the bad.  It’s crucial to talk about progress and delays.  The marketing team at Vexxit has adopted two incredibly simple practices.  We start our day together with a virtual stand-up meeting, and at the end of the workday everyone sends a note, which highlights what he or she accomplished throughout the day. The latter is not mandatory, but it is always appreciated.

But in the end, if you have to ask or wonder whether or not your team is working you may need to evaluate how you are managing or have some tough conversations with your team.

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