Managing employees is a true feat of soft skills. Communication, personality style, leadership, and project and performance management are all put to the test on a daily basis.
Sometimes, the employees you manage might seem like they’re on another planet, even when they’re sitting right in front of you. So, what if they’re in another building? Another city? Another country? Actually ON another planet? It happens.
When employees are discreetly distributed, the manager’s position becomes more important and requires a broader skill set. The manager may be the only link between employees – the one to set schedules, allocate resources, and synthesize production. But he also needs to be the one to ensure alignment – making sure his employees are all aware of and working toward organizational goals.
Although it’s such a basic thing, the loss of face-to-face communication can have a huge impact on how things get done. Written communication and phone skills become invaluable, and relationships need to be built more deliberately without the luxury of casual interactions. Managers who are great face-to-face may find themselves struggling in this new system of information transfer.
They need help filling in the gaps left by the demands of a discreet organizational system. So help them! Managing Offsite Employees is a new title from the Reproducible Training Library. A complete, half-day program, it assesses and builds skills in all areas needed by managers of remote teams.
You can even make your training session into an example of efficient communication and teamwork across distances. Have your managers print out their own participant materials and try an alternative means of meeting – like a webinar or phone or video conference.
Providing the appropriate supervision training is instrumental to a strong team – wherever they are. Settling for resources in a convenient location is a thing of the past. Build your team on a global scale – because you want the best; because it’s possible; because your supervisors know how to manage offsite employees.