The Right Way to Keep Your Remote Team Accountable by Elise Keith

As Covid-19 stay-at-home orders spread, you may be struggling to take your team remote for the first time. It’s a high-stress situation, and unfortunately, your intense need to control the situation could be making it harder for everyone.

You can’t do anything about what your government decides or what’s happening to your customers, so it makes sense to focus on controlling what you can: your team. But some practices that seem logical when you’re all in the office together don’t work in a remote setting.

Here are four of the most common mistakes newly remote leaders make, and what you should do instead.

Mistake 1: Demanding high productivity.

Remote teams can be remarkably productive and even outperform their in-office counterparts, but not on day one or when they’re distracted. By failing to acknowledge this, you’re adding to that stress. You are making work harder.

Instead, identify the highest priority tasks right now and relax the rest.

Run a “Start, Stop, Continue” exercise with your team. Put everything you’re doing on one of these lists. Challenge yourselves to get the Start and Continue lists as short as possible while still ensuring critical business operations.

Read the full article @ Inc.
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