How to Manage Your Remote Team Members More Effectively During COVID-19

The coronavirus crisis has led to more employees than ever working remotely. As a result, many management teams are struggling to effectively manage their employees, With these strategies, you can streamline your management practices and make it easier to keep up with your teams.

1. Develop realistic standards for tracking employee performance.

Many of your employees are working from home for the first time–and they’re doing it under incredibly unusual circumstances. They may be working around spouses and children, even attempting to facilitate distance learning. 

Take a look at your standards for measuring employee performance. What do you expect your employees to accomplish each day? What levels of performance do you expect to see?

Not only should you carefully consider what you expect your employees to accomplish, you should consider how you’re monitoring that performance. Some employers are choosing to use time tracking apps to keep up with exactly what their employees are doing each day–and when they’re doing it.

Throughout the coronavirus crisis, however, your employees may need to alter their work schedules to fit their current schedules. Allow some flexibility in when employees complete their tasks, as long as they turn them in by your preassigned deadlines. 

Your HR software is an excellent solution for helping you measure and record your employees’ performance throughout the coronavirus crisis. You may find that employees stand out with exceptional performance throughout this crisis, or you may find that some employees need extra support and encouragement. Tracking that performance can provide grounds for future promotions, raises, and acknowledgement as the crisis subsides.

2. Check in with employees regularly. 

Now, as never before, it’s important to schedule check-ins with your employees. You want to be sure that your employees have the tools they need to function effectively throughout the crisis. Their needs may change dramatically from one week to the next–or your employees may discover new needs as they work to adapt to these changing, challenging circumstances. Schedule regular check-ins with all of your employees, ideally one-on-one. Many employees will share information with you during a personal check-in that they might not necessarily share in a group meeting. 

3. Make sure employees know who to contact.

If your employees run into a problem while they’re working from home, who do they contact? How do they handle leave requests during this time? Employees may be stuck at home, but that won’t prevent them from needing time off–or, in some cases, they may need that time off more than ever. Your HR software can help handle those leave requests and ensure that employees’ needs continue to be met throughout this time. It can also provide a platform that will allow employees to connect with and contact their managers when they have questions or concerns, either related to the coronavirus crisis or their usual tasks. 

4. Keep holding meetings.

Make sure you’re still connecting with your employees as often as possible during this period of remote work. Many practices are trying to keep the flow of daily life as close to normal as possible. If, for example, you have a regular Monday morning meeting to help your employees prepare for the week ahead, you may want to take that meeting to an online meeting platform that will allow you to continue to connect with your employees. These online meetings are also ideal for collaboration, whether about existing projects or about the needs your employees and your patients have throughout the coronavirus crisis. 

Managing your employees remotely as COVID-19 continues to present challenges to many businesses and employees alike.

Fortunately, your HR software can help make it easier. Check out our platform today to learn more about how it can help make it easier to manage your employees through this time.

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