And if you’re an IC professional, you’ve probably had some experience working with managers to help them communicate with and engage their teams, no matter where they’re based (although research suggests the industry isn’t prioritising this as much as it should be).
But it hardly needs saying: this responsibility has never been more critical than right now.
You’ll know how much of an impact good line manager communication can have on employee engagement, motivation and productivity. And how important line managers are to keeping their teams connected to the beating heart of the business.
But their ability to make this positive impact on their teams has come under threat. Like all of us, line managers are now facing new and unfamiliar challenges in communicating with their teams during this COVID-19 pandemic. New channels. New priorities. New ways of working.
More than ever, your line manager colleagues may be feeling like they’re locked in the middle of a trying tug of war – caught between trying to keep up with the latest news and updates from the C-Suite, and relaying this crucial information back to the front line to maintain engagement and morale. As well as staying on top of the day-to-day responsibilities that come with managing remote teams!
So perhaps you’ve wondered – how can I play my part in helping them communicate effectively with their colleagues from afar?
6 strategies you can use to help line managers communicate with remote teams effectively
The first thing to remember is, like it or not, engaging employees through effective communications takes much more time and effort when you’re managing remote teams.
You need to be much more choosey about the channels you use, as well as finding ways to streamline communications so they don’t become an unwelcome distraction for people (especially when they’re likely dealing with several others at the same time).
This is absolutely the foundation for successful remote line manager comms.
But of course, it doesn’t end there. In fact, we’re just getting started!
So to support you in helping line managers communicate and engage effectively under the new circumstances we’re all dealing with, we’ve put together a hand-picked list of key strategies and approaches that will enable managers to stay connected with their remote teams without coming across as overbearing or intrusive.
Have a gander at the handy tips below, and use them to start a conversation with the line managers in your organisation about how they can take the challenges of remote working in their stride. And catapult their teams to new dizzying heights of success.
And if you’re also grappling with managing remote teams, feel free to take the kernels of insight for yourself too – we’re all about sharing knowledge!
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