If you’re a people manager, it’s a whole new world of remote work out there! Did you know that I haven’t worked in a traditional office since 2007? It’s true – I’ve been a fully remote worker for a long time. Like anything else, it took a little time to get used to. It’s been a great fit for me personally, and as a business owner, being open to remote employees gave us the freedom to hire the perfect person (no matter where they lived).

Managing people takes a special combo of heart, head, and hands. And effective managers have learned how to motivate and lead when you’re physically in the same space with their team. But what happens when you are miles away – every day? It’s common to feel like your hard-won manager skills aren’t going to cut it.

What does this have to do with nonprofit technology, you ask? Everything.

Because as the wave of remote work continues to grow, managers are increasingly turning to technology for solutions to long-distance supervisory problems. From screen recording monitoring software to virtual time clock apps, there are lots of ways to ‘keep tabs’ on folks working from home.

But should you use them? Do you need them?

Last week’s Facebook Live was all about managing remote staff – and my number one secret for doing it well.

There are loads of resources out there to help you build trust among your team. Some important components for improving mutual trust include:

  • Clear communication – is everyone on the same page?
  • Clear expectations – how will you work together?
  • Time for fun – shared experiences are the glue that will hold your team together when things are rough!

One other resource that I highly recommend is the recent book, The Unashamed Guide to Virtual Management. Check it out.

I hope this info helps you worry about the right things as you lead your distributed team (and skip those time clock apps).

Your Turn!

Are you managing a remote person or people in this new world of remote work? Are you a remote worker, living the dream in your sweatpants? Let us know what’s worked for you in the comments below!