UCI Human Resources

KEYS TO MANAGER SUCCESS IN A REMOTE ENVIRONMENT

Managers can work remotely, too. You might not even be working from home; you might just be the only person on your team working on-site. Most of the same tips apply, especially when it comes to communicating and building personal rapport. In addition:

A TIME FOR EXPERIMENTS

Experiments

Approach the summer as an experiment. Conduct a pilot to test out options for remote or hybrid arrangements to help your department determine the best way to get work done. No one knows the answers yet - prepare them for this. U turns are embarrassing. Experiments are fun.

Just because you or your staff have been working remotely since the beginning of the pandemic does not mean you are set up for long-term success. After all, you were likely forced into this without much forethought or planning at the beginning of the pandemic.

It is worth taking a step back now to make sure you are considering the best ways to make a remote working arrangement work for you and your team. Consider conducting a 90-day pilot program using a Remote Work Agreement to define expectations and responsibilities more formally. Such an approach may help you adjust and refine how best to structure working arrangements within your respective areas.

AVOID COMMON PITFALLS

Meetings
Consistently hold 1:1 meetings.
Team Meetings
Add team meetings to your calendar.
expectations
Set clear expectations and lead by example.

* Adapted from Duke University and remote-how.com “10 Mistakes to Avoid When Managing a Virtual Team.”