There is a distinct possibility that ‘a work from home’ policy may come into force sometime soon.
As a manager, are you ready?
You may have the right IT setup in place and phones on divert, but managing virtual working is much more than this. Is your management ready to go virtual? Are you heading for a team of virtuosos or a virtual nightmare reality?
When your team aren’t in the office, what can you do to motivate them? How should you communicate and how frequently? Should you wait for your team to get in touch, or should you be chasing them for updates and issuing deadline reminders? And how do you handle the strain virtual working can place on communication and keep the human touch?
Whilst our Team Role behaviours may not change when we are working separately, altering the lines of communication can throw obstacles in the team’s path, and some are likely to adapt more readily to remote working than others. So, extra care is needed in managing those behaviours and ensuring that everyone can still give of their best.
Managing each Belbin Team Role behaviour remotely – your rough guide
Of course, we’ve simplified things a bit. Each of us has more than one Team Role strength, and the way our preferred roles interact present nuances in our working styles. But here’s a starting-point when considering the benefits and potential pitfalls of each role in a virtual scenario.