4 myths and truths about working with remote teams

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We’re about to debunk the most common myths and misconceptions about working with remote teams.

According to a study by Findstack 16% of companies in the world work 100% remotely.  Only in the U.S 44% of companies don’t allow remote work.  There are a number of reasons why companies find it hard to adjust to remote teams.

Whether it is due to management issues, lacking the tools, or simply not being able to adjust to this work style, many managers refuse to opt for remote work. In this article, we will be debunking the myths and speculations about working with remote teams.

If you have been hesitant to take a leap into remote working, here are a few things you should know. 

 

Benefits of working remotely

We have found that either you love remote work or you hate it, it depends on your work style and personality. But over the years employees have reported a higher satisfaction rate when working remotely. 

In another study by Buffer 99% of employees reported that they would choose to work remotely for the rest of their life, even if it was just part-time. When workers have more work flexibility and satisfaction they will be more committed to their work.

So, after a few years of trial and error, we have compiled the most common myths and truths about working with remote teams:

 

1. It is much harder to manage remote teams

This is probably one of the most common misconceptions. 

Managing remote teams can be a lot easier than expected. Establishing clear remote work policies is important for both employees and team leaders, but there are many strategies that can make managing remote teams as easy as being in the office. 

Active communication, setting weekly goals, and daily check-ins can ensure your remote team will be on track.

 

2. Employees can get easily distracted/ reduced productivity

Myth. Surprisingly, business owners have reported an increase in productivity during the last few years while managing remote teams

Although it is easy to imagine that your employees can be doing anything other than work while being at home, workers have reported having a hard time unplugging.

 

3. Work-life balance

A bit of both, the comfort of working from home is unbeatable, but it also has its downsides. The main challenge whilst working remotely is finding a work-life balance. Often employees find themselves available or “connected” at all hours of the day.

Working only during your shift is essential to be able to unplug. Stepping outdoors for a walk, hitting the gym, or even meeting up with friends can help everyone achieve equilibrium. 

 

4. Communication issues

Having a remote team forces you to explore different ways to make communication effective. Online platforms like Zoom, Slack, or Microsoft can solve any communication issue. 

The key is to become creative and encourage members to use these channels to ensure communication success.

 

5. Leap of faith

True. Working remotely can be seen as a leap of faith due to the level of responsibility and autonomy that is required from your team. 

Nevertheless, when you have the right tools and technology to manage your team’s work, what seems to be a daunting task becomes even easier than working from an office.

 

6. Reduced costs

Also true. Saving money on office expenses, services, occasional amenities, tools, supplies, etc. Can make the difference when looking to expand your business. 

A study showed, that this isn’t just the case for business owners, but also their employees save around $4,000 per year. Many companies are downsizing their office spaces and reducing their operational costs.

 

7. It is harder to connect with your team 

Myth. Again, it all reduces to creativity and making spaces to connect with your team. There are many icebreaking dynamics online that can help everyone feel acknowledged and close to their team.

We recommend taking time off on Fridays and hosting mystery games or even doing virtual yoga together.  

 

8. Management tools are a MUST

Truth. Project management tools can truly be a live-saver when working with remote teams. Having boards that everyone can easily access to know the status of a project can ensure everyone is on track.

There are many HR tools that can be used to clock in and out of work and also to make HR processes a lot easier.

 

Looking to grow your remote team?

HR solutions are your ally, when looking to start or grow a remote team. 

HR solutions give specialized training to your team, and cater to your needs, if you ever feel like something in your operation isn’t running smoothly, your nearshore partner is able to offer you different solutions to address the issue.

Even when you feel like remote teams are not your thing, HR solutions come in to save the day.

Partner with us!

Our HR solution is designed to satisfy your company’s needs while managing your remote team. 

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