What It Takes to Create a Productive Remote Team

Here at this organisation, we are all good-natured individuals who take pleasure in seeing others thrive. We enjoy being in the presence of joyful individuals who can make us smile and whose faces light up when they understand a joke.

Staff morale is an essential factor in determining the productivity of an organisation, so it is of utmost importance to ensure that all employees are content and satisfied. We are not uncompromising taskmasters who are fixated solely on results; instead, it is simply that the advantages of being happy and fulfilled in the workplace are too good to overlook. These benefits include:

  • Stress is reduced and energy is increased when you smile.
  • An improved capacity to bounce back from adversity
  • When workers are content, they are more inclined to assist one another.
  • They’re also more likely to form bonds, which is important since teamwork is crucial for remote workers.

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If you and your colleagues share an office, it is likely straightforward to identify who is having a positive experience, who is having a difficult time, and who may be considering resigning due to stress by the end of the week. Whilst passing through the cubicles, you may find yourself pausing to listen to the laughter, treading carefully to avoid upsetting those with their focus solely on their work, or feeling uneasy as the atmosphere appears to be oppressive.

Reading the emotional climate of a remote team can be difficult, especially when many of its members are working from home in seclusion. This makes it all the more important to be aware of the mood of the team, as it can be hard to tell when someone is feeling low. Without this knowledge, how can you offer a morale boost with something as simple as a funny cat photo?

Therefore, it is important for us to have reliable methods of gauging the morale of our remote personnel. Consider the following recommendations:

Methods Based on Agile Development

The importance of communication and frequent progress updates was a key factor in the successful operation of a distributed team. To further enhance the effectiveness of an Agile team, we recommend the use of a Niko-Niko calendar to monitor the emotional climate of the team.

This chart was originally designed to be used in the workplace, encouraging employees to indicate how they were feeling each day through a simple visual representation of a happy face, neutral expression, or sad face. It was a convenient way to get an indication of the general level of contentment within the team.

It can be challenging to gain any real understanding of how to enhance people’s lives simply by assessing their levels of contentment. A person’s state of mind can be affected by a variety of factors, such as having a disagreement with a partner the preceding evening, having a hard time travelling to work, or even having to work in close proximity to Bob who has a habit of cracking his knuckles. Furthermore, the individual’s environment, such as the cup they are using, could also have an impact.

The potential for various outcomes is high when employees are hesitant to take a definitive stance. In this situation, a compromise solution is often reached between the two extremes, and it could be advantageous to widen this space for compromise. Companies often assess their performance in relation to the weather, posing questions such as ‘Was it stormy?’, ‘Was it rainy?’, ‘Was it cloudy?’, ‘Was it sunny occasionally?’ and ‘Was it a scorcher?’ To make this exercise more engaging and enjoyable for the group, you could create your own scale.

Despite being able to obtain an individual’s subjective judgement of contentment, it is not sufficient to gain a comprehensive view of how your team is performing. To gain a fuller understanding of your team’s progress and performance, it is recommended that you send out a daily email with closed-ended questions. Such questions could include, but are not limited to, inquiring about the team’s current objectives and objectives achieved, challenges faced and strategies for overcoming them, and any feedback or suggestions for improvement.

  • How did your mood compare to that of Eeyore today?
  • When you think about your current job, what makes you the happiest?
  • Tell me about the one thing at work that you’re finding the most difficult right now.
  • In your professional life, what would bring you the most joy?

This outline will provide you with further guidance on how to identify potential sources of dissatisfaction that may not be discussed during daily stand-up meetings. TeamMood is a technology that can automate the niko-niko process, which can be used by remote or office-based employees, to provide a secure and anonymous platform for voicing grievances or concerns about assignments, team dynamics, or management. This allows employees to express their opinions without fear of repercussions to their employment.

Rather than concentrating on increasing employee satisfaction, a more reliable measure of performance can be found by monitoring the level of morale. It is widely accepted that the standard of work undertaken by a team can have a direct effect on their morale, making this metric less susceptible to outside factors and personal bias. Therefore, it is arguably more beneficial to focus on boosting morale in order to ensure the best possible performance from your team.

So, where does one find hope?

According to the definition provided by Webster’s Dictionary, morale can be defined as a person’s or group’s sense of self-belief, enthusiasm, and self-discipline. It is widely recognised that a team which is content and motivated has the potential to achieve more. Therefore, it is important to consider how morale can be evaluated and monitored.

Motive may be gauged by polling people on many concepts, like as

  • Being a member of our team is something I take pleasure in doing.
  • Putting forth the effort that I do is rewarding.
  • The fact that I get to call this group of people my teammates makes me feel special.
  • My job is difficult in many ways.
  • In this case, I don’t mind reaching out for help.

You may wish to consider combining mood tracking with weekly or semi-regular surveys to gain an insight into how employees’ morale is changing over the course of a project, even if you do not intend to repeat the same questions on a daily basis.

If you are sending out surveys, it is important to ensure that you follow up with anyone who does not respond. It is possible that they have simply forgotten to answer, but it is also possible that the person you are trying to reach out to may be feeling isolated and in need of extra support. Make sure to check in with them if they do not answer.

TeamMetrics is a cloud-based (free!) solution that provides an easy way to collate information from a distributed team. It has the added benefit of being free of charge. An alternative approach is to use a tool such as SurveyMonkey, which gives you the ability to craft customised questions.

High Spirits, Brilliant Leader?

As a team leader, you will have numerous opportunities to assess your own performance. It is probable that you have been allocated particular key performance indicators (KPIs) for which you are accountable. You will be able to discern whether you are adhering to pre-determined deadlines, and you may have received positive feedback from customers or those with a higher standing in the organisation that you are doing an effective job.

It appears that your efforts are rewarding if your employees are contented in their roles. However, it is important not to become complacent and to facilitate growth and development opportunities for your team members. Maintaining a feeling of community amongst your staff will help to ensure their continued success, both within the firm and beyond. If you believe that you have the capacity to manage it all, you should be proud of the fact that you have successfully overseen a remote team.

Induce Joyful Recruiting

At Works, we understand that the success of your team is dependent upon the calibre of individuals you decide to lead it. Whilst not everyone is necessarily suited to remote working, we take pride in sourcing the most talented software developers from across the globe and connecting them with organisations such as yours. If you are looking to expand your team, please do not hesitate to get in touch – we would be delighted to help you find the perfect third Tigger.

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