Collaborative Minds Blog Plan.
Manage.
Collaborate.

Staying Connected: Managing Your Employees Online

The way we work together is changing. Virtual teams, remote offices, teams spread around the globe. But we can count on a few things never changing! As managers, we need to stay connected with our teams. The channels of communication must flow freely. We need to be able to keep everyone on the same page so we can reach our goals and deadlines together.


Comindware Tracker banner

“It can be challenging to manage your employees effectively – especially when it’s remote!”

It can be challenging to manage employees effectively – especially when it’s remote. And what manager doesn’t love a good challenge? It’s stimulating! Invigorating! And it’s 100% possible to create a solid, dynamic team, even when you’re not all in the same location. Let’s explore how and why.

seattle, wa

I’ll give you an example. In days past I worked on a global health research team. I was part of the data analysis group, based in Seattle, WA. Our research site was located in Tanzania. We were responsible for verifying and analyzing data from the research site. We had a snazzy data capture system that sent data to us each day. That process usually worked like clockwork. But when there was a problem with the system – well, that’s where challenge came into play. Solving technical problems over email is never a breeze.

As you might already know, global teams have special needs. Not only are you split by an immense physical distance, there’s also the time difference. Other than getting up at ridiculous hours to have international phone conferences, what can you do when you need to stay in touch? Since we didn’t have a centralized system to organize our project tasks or communicate, team members sometimes had to take personal time to consult with their overseas teammates. Problem solved, the data flow would return and work would continue.

One of our biggest challenges was keeping everyone informed. If only we’d had Comindware! With Comindware Tracker, you can collaborate within your team and manage your employees with ease.

Just a few simple tools like these would have made a huge difference to my team. We could have been notified automatically when a technical problem gummed up the works. We could have easily tracked the discussion in one location that everyone could access, no matter what continent they were on. And we could have any documents we needed attached right to the project online. Things can easily get mislaid in the hustle and bustle of a clinical research setting. Having everything online and accessible by all sites would have saved everyone time.

Because you can keep everything in one location, Comindware can help you manage a remote employees with ease. Real time data is always available. The issue of time differences is easily side stepped, since team members can work on their projects wherever and whenever they need to. They can easily leave updated information for review by other team members and managers. While we may still have needed to talk on the phone in order to get to the heart of really complicated technical issues, this type of centralized system would have really helped us keep things flowing.

“…being connected… It builds value for what each person brings to the team, even if they’ve never met face to face.”

Communication isn’t just about being able to troubleshoot issues or archive documents, of course. When you’re considering managing employees online, figuring out how to create a cohesive team can be a central concern. You want people to feel connected with each other. Having your employees organized online can create that feeling of being connected. Each team member can see the others contributing. It builds value for what each person brings to the team, even if they’ve never met face to face. With a little creativity and organizational support, we can get the job done even when we’re worlds apart.

Get 30-day trial!

Bran LeFae is a freelance writer and artist from the Pacific Northwest. She spends her days writing, making visual art and running her small business, Bramblethorn Studios. With a career background that includes both business operations and scientific research, Bran has been interested in workflow practices for decades. She has found efficient workflow essential to being a successful freelancer and business owner.

Posted on:  in Leadership, Project World

Comindware uses cookies to ensure you get a great experience on our website - click "OK" button to agree our Privacy Policy. You can change your cookies preferences here.

Cookies Settings

Privacy Basics

A cookie is a small file placed onto your device that enables website features and functionality.

A cookie is a small text file that a website asks your web browser to store on your device in order to remember information about you, such as your language preference, and enables a website features and functionality.

At Comindware, we believe in being clear and open about what data related to you we collect and how we use this data. And this policy provides detailed information about what cookies we collect and how we use data related to you. This cookies policy applies to Comindware website.

Always Active Cookies

Ensure your personalized experience and proper website work.

Always active cookies help us with giving you a personalized experience and cannot be switched off in our system. You can set your web browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the website may not work then.

Comindware

Performance Cookies

Are used for continuous website optimization and improvement.

Performance cookies help us with continuous website optimization and improvement. This cookies make it possible for us to count website visits, track traffic sources, learn which pages are the most popular and helpful and see how visitors navigate around the website. All the data these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous.

Google Analytics

Yandex.Metrica

Functional Cookies

Enable functionality enhancement, such as videos and live chats.

Functional cookies allow functionality enhancement, such as videos and live chats. If you do not allow these cookies, then some or all of these functionalities may not function properly.

Wistia

JivoChat

AddThis