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The evolution of remote work, particularly post-Covid, has reshaped the dynamic of team management. Leading Briogeo through this transition, I’ve embraced the challenges and opportunities that come with managing a fully remote team. If you’re also navigating a remote team, here are 6 tips for managing remote teams effectively that can help support a more engaged and productive work culture:

1. Establish Clear Communication Channels

Transitioning to remote work meant finding effective ways to connect virtually. Adopting platforms like Zoom and Slack was a starting point, but adjusting our meeting cadence was equally important to enhance work-life balance. The quality of interactions is paramount to frequency. Consider establishing guidelines for different types of communication, like urgent matters versus routine updates, to enhance clarity and efficiency. Also remember to use technology that is both functional and simple in order to facilitate effective remote collaboration.

2. Set Defined Goals and Expectations

Setting clear goals and expectations can be vital for team alignment and accountability in a remote environment. We found that explicitly defined objectives helped streamline focus and productivity. In addition to using project management tools, consider encouraging open dialogue about goals to ensure everyone understands their role and responsibilities. This may also help in identifying any misalignments or areas needing additional support.

3. Foster a Positive and Inclusive Company Culture

Cultivating a strong company culture remotely requires creative approaches. For example, virtual town halls and informal virtual coffee breaks and social hours are great and simple ways to maintain connectivity. These initiatives can help in fostering a sense of community and belonging. A culture that celebrates both individual and team achievements can significantly boost morale and engagement.

4. Prioritize Work-Life Balance and Employee Well-being

Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is essential in a remote work setting. It’s easy for the lines of work and personal life to become blurred when you’re working from home long hours on end. Encourage your employees to take their PTO and respect personal time boundaries outside of the work day. It can also be beneficial to provide resources for mental health and wellness support, recognizing that remote work can sometimes lead to feelings of isolation or burnout. Remember to check in with your team regularly, not just about work, but also about their overall well-being.

5. Plan In-Person Meetings and Offsite Gatherings

Offsite meetings and gatherings can play a vital role in strengthening team bonds. We found that these in-person interactions provide valuable opportunities for brainstorming and strategic planning, which are sometimes less effective in a virtual format. Offsite gatherings should balance work with community building to encourage team members to relax, get to know one another, and connect on a personal level.

6. Lead with Empathy and Adaptability

I’ve learned firsthand the importance of understanding the unique circumstances and challenges your team members are facing so that you can support them in finding a solution. Remote work can make it harder to identify where roadblocks and challenges exist. I recommend instituting regular check-ins with individuals and teams to cultivate a virtual open-door policy that encourages team members to openly share their thoughts and concerns in a safe space. Leading with empathy means being receptive to feedback and being open to adjusting strategies that better suit team dynamics and needs. Aim to cultivate an environment where every team member feels heard, respected and valued.


Effectively managing a remote team involves a blend of strategic planning, compassionate leadership, and effective communication. With a thoughtful and tailored approach, you’ll help to support your team’s success while cultivating a company culture rooted in connection, belonging and a sense of fulfillment. 

What strategies have you found effective for managing your remote team? Share your insights below in the comments!