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A Guide to Managing a Productive Remote Team

The remote and hybrid working system became a trend during the Covid-19 pandemic, and dare we say, it is here to stay.

This system comes with a lot of advantages - everyone loves flexibility, and a remote job comes with a lot of that - but setting up a remote team is challenging. 


If you're managing a remote team, then you're in the right place. Read on, because we've curated 5 tips on how you can manage a productive team, whether you all are in the same location, or not. 

1. Set clear expectations

Don't be vague, and don't make assumptions. Every goal, responsibility and expectation must be written down, and make sure every member of your team knows these goals and expectations. This will help them stay focused and motivated.

2. Use the right tools

Thanks to improving technology, there are many tools available to help remote teams stay connected and productive. Consider using project management software like Asana, Trello, Coshedule; Video conferencing tools like Zoom, GoogleMeet; and instant messaging apps like Slack, Telegram. The workload is made easy when you leverage these tools.

3. Communicate regularly

Over-communicate when possible! Communication is key when managing a remote team. Lack of communication disconnects you from your team, so schedule regular check-ins and encourage your team to communicate with each other as well. Every member must be aware of the progress of the team.

4. Trust your team

Trust is essential in every team, and it's especially important when managing a remote team, it is is what allows remote employees to feel comfortable and confident in their daily tasks and to be proficient, creative and collaborative. Trust that your team members are doing their best work and give them the autonomy to do so.

5. Encourage work-life balance

Remote work can blur the line between work and personal life, and that line is easily crossed, leading to burnouts and exhaustion. Encourage your team to take regular breaks and prioritize their self-care.


Managing remote teams may differ from onsite management, and to increase productivity, many of the same guides still apply. Good communication has always been a part of effective management, the only difference in remote teams is that communication has moved online.

Just ensure to always follow up with team members to see what challenges they face, make use of 'life-made-easy' systems and operations where necessary, and lead from the front to set an example for your team. 

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