The coronavirus outbreak has forced businesses to embrace the digital age through remote work. Unfortunately for managers and superiors, less contact can be a challenge, and adjusting to new proactive managing tactics can require more energy than they would like to expend.
Adam Ferrari, a petroleum engineer and entrepreneur, earned his degree as a chemical engineer, graduating magna cum laude. After working in both the engineering and finance sectors, he decided to establish his own mineral acquisition company, Ferrari Energy, in Denver, Colorado. To manage effectively in a remote workplace, CEO Adam Ferrari says that business leaders should anticipate their manager’s needs and implement a strategy for a well-organized response. He goes into further detail on tips to help:
Review Common Remote Work Challenges
To gauge what supervisors need when it comes to figuring out the most effective guidelines for managing remote workers, the first move for any business owner should be to research and review common challenges of working remotely. The coronavirus has forced all businesses to revert to working from home, so you can likely learn from other’s mistakes.
Identify Expectations and State Them Clearly
Every business has its own set of processes that allow the company to flow and function. With each process comes a list of expectations, and every company (especially those transitioning to remote working) should identify their expectations and clearly state them.
Set Communication Strategy
When managers are working remotely and no longer have easy access to their team, it is crucial to implement alternate communication strategies such as Slack or Zoom. Have managers engage with the employees they supervise as often as possible while avoiding unhealthy micromanaging habits.
Practice Full Transparency
Clear communication comes with full transparency from all levels of a company. Just as employees’ expectations should be clearly stated, all business exchanges should be subject to the same expectation. Commit to embracing an open door policy. This means encouraging questions, providing supportive answers, and being open about issues or bumps in the road. This will lead to sustainable and effective team productivity.
Continue to Build Employee Relationships Remotely
While it might be a more straightforward task to develop a relationship face-to-face, managers should continue to build solid relationships no matter where the employee is working. A remote worker’s relationship with management has a similar feel to that of a long-distance relationship and will require the use of technology to stay connected and engaged. It might require more commitment and time, but it will pay off in the long run if both parties are committed to making it work.
Set Aside Time for One-on-One Evaluation
A great way to develop remote employee-manager relationships is to set aside time for both parties to engage in one-on-one evaluations. This allows management to evaluate employees’ work habits, efforts, strengths, and weaknesses and provides employees the opportunity to communicate what works best for them. One-on-one evaluations can be done quarterly, monthly, or even weekly.
About Adam Ferrari
Adam Ferrari is an accomplished petroleum engineer and founder of Denver-based mineral acquisitions company, Ferrari Energy. After working in both oil and gas as well as finance, CEO and entrepreneur, Adam Ferrari decided to bootstrap his own business. Since the inception of Ferrari Energy, Adam Ferrari has established himself as an expert in mineral rights and acquisition and has used his success to give back to his community. Aside from his work as a CEO, Adam is a philanthropist who routinely donates to a multitude of non-profit organizations such as Freedom Service Dogs, the Denver Rescue Mission, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Coats for Colorado, and Next Steps of Chicago.