Managing multiple projects is a challenging task. In the present scenario, when the whole world is reeling under a severe healthcare crisis, and you have to manage remote teams, the challenges are manifold. According to the third annual Future Workforce Report by Upwork, remote teams will become a norm. Nearly 73% of all teams will have workers working remotely by 2028. So, if you are a project manager, let’s have a look at the top 5 things to remember for managing projects remotely.
Evaluate each project
During an extraordinary crisis, it is foolhardy to assume that every project will go on as before. Some of your clients can cancel ongoing projects. So, evaluate each of your projects, and based on the analysis, suggest some changes to your clients.
Leverage the technology
Leveraging the technology is crucial for real-time collaboration. There are several project management software tools such as Trello, Asana, and Basecamp that you can use to plan and synchronize the work of your remote teams. You can also track their working hours via Timely, Toggl, Everhour, and more.
Build a governance framework
Even though you can’t interact with your team face to face, you need to give them a clear view of the workload and responsibilities. So, build a governance framework with pre-established protocols to keep your team on task. Also, do not forget to use apps like Zoom or Skype for formal or informal conversations.
Keep your team motivated
Many of your team members who are forced to do their jobs from home or are anxious about their health will be least motivated to do their work. They will likely do only the bare minimum. So, begin your every conversation with empathy. If it is possible, try to be a little flexible with your deadlines during this crisis. Motivate them to work hard with an optimistic outlook.
When you are working from home, you encounter a unique set of challenges of which, staying focused becomes the most difficult! So, try to avoid all distractions and have a well-defined space for your work. Create a set schedule and assign specific deadlines for each small task.
Let’s face it; some businesses have shifted to 100% remote work for the very first time. So, it will take some time to get used to this work culture. Maybe this is the best time to prepare for the future of work!