3 Ground Rules When Leading Hybrid Teams
After two years of working virtually, some people are headed back into the office. Other professionals: however, wish to remain remote, or limit the time they head into the office. While the choice provides flexibility for employees, leaders may find hybrid team management a challenge.
Relationships thrive in face-to-face environments, posing a challenge to those who chose to work from home. It’s important for virtual employees to understand workplace influence requires them to show up and invest the extra effort to create organizational impact.
Whether your employees chose to work in-person, virtually, or a mix of both, be transparent by implementing these three action steps to ensure everyone grows their influence.
When employees chose to work from home, they miss out on the workplace interactions that shape decisions and grow relationships. To boost their face time, let your team know camera use is expected. Whether they are attending a small group meeting or large team training, the camera must be turned on and at eye level to stay connected and engaged.
Messy desks convey messy minds. Few things distract from a message like that of a messy workspace riddled with papers, books, and disorganized backgrounds.
Let employees know you expect their virtual workspaces to demonstrate professionalism. Wherever they choose to work, the background must be appropriate, clean and organized, while free from noise and interruptions.
Dress codes convey a message about your business and need to apply no matter the employee’s choice of working environment. If business casual is required of those in the office, virtual employees should dress the same. How you expect employees to look in person is how they should look online.
Having influence requires effort. Setting action steps will ensure your team puts their best foot forward no matter where they choose to work.
By: Lou Diamond
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