By: First Union
Ways to More Effectively Manage Employees Offsite
Depending on your industry, be it construction, catering, home renovations, or some other such job that requires you to send your employees to offsite locations, you may have found that managing them across a variety of locations can get difficult at times. The challenge comes not only in overseeing but in keeping that cohesive team feeling and in the process, ensuring that motivation and thus productivity remain high. Below are a few tips that could just help you to more effectively manage your offsite employees.
Ensure that you have regular communication
Especially when you have people at multiple sites, communicating regularly can mean the difference between a task going off as planned or one that falls apart at the seams. The terrific thing about the technology platforms available today is that they do make it so easy to keep everyone connected and therefore on the same page. You can also set up regular onsite meetings to catch up, regroup and report on the week's activities.
Solidify your workplace culture
Even though your people maybe a bit spread out, it doesn't mean that you should forego cultivating a unified idea of company culture and then hold them to it. What is your business's identity, what positive elements are you stressing? How can this help bring your team members together? Ensure that you solidify these things and then make them a part of that message and methodology to which everyone adheres.
Take time to celebrate
Even though everyone may not be located in a single office space per se, you can still plan for celebratory events with your employees and thus again, help them to feel part of a bona fide team. Maybe have a monthly meal together. Also, be sure to mark occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries for example. Stress the fact that yes, while you may be on different sites, you're still a group of people working together and supporting one another.