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Remote work is the future

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According to a survey run by Remote-how, the vast majority of remote team managers believe that remote work is the future (87%) and 96% are certain they will be managing remote teams in their future roles.

 

The vast majority of remote team managers believe that remote work is the future (87%) and 96% are certain they will be managing remote teams in their future roles.

 

Those who are managing fully remote teams and meet their teams less regularly assess their management skills significantly better. Managing remotely by default seems to be a good strategy for all distributed teams.

 

2020 so far has been a year in which many employees have found themselves working outside the office, whether through personal choice or due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak. Some are even leading remote teams for the first time. In the current global context, managers are questioning whether they will have to work remotely and lead remote teams more often in the future. 

 

What the future of work holds

The Remote Managers 2020 survey from Remote-how says yes. The study found that the vast majority of remote managers (529 polled) believe that remote work is the future (87%). Almost all of them are certain they will be managing remote teams in their future roles (96%) and the majority predict that remote work will become a “new norm” within the space of 5 years.

 

Companies still need to figure out how to support managers

When asked if their company has an official remote work policy, a fairly large figure of 37% responded no and 9% weren’t sure. Companies also still seem to offer little support in investing in the development of their remote managers. Approximately 1 in 5 have access to an internal learning & development program and even less to an online repository of knowledge. 62% of those who undertook some kind of training in managing remote teams paid for it out of their own pocket. Roughly only half of the remote managers have access to a mentor or coach (43%) that can help train them and combat isolation and loneliness.

 

Bet on remote teams, you’ll have happier employees

Even without solid remote processes and policies being present in a lot of workplaces, the largest benefit reported by managers is by far the most famous one in the remote world: happier employees (59%). This is closely followed by a more global talent pool (57%) and at a similar level more productive employees (52%). We can see the mix of personal gains for the employees, and at a company level advantages in what they can get out of their workers.

 

Skills required to manage remote teams

The report shows that being a successful remote manager requires a specific set of remote skills. Communication leads by a high margin in the survey as the most important (69%), followed by organizational skills (37%), and self-discipline (35%).

 

When looking at remote team management responsibilities, defining and cultivating a unique team culture remotely ranked as the most difficult, whilst organizing and delivering remote meetings was named the easiest. Interestingly, managers with fully remote teams who meet their team members less regularly assess their management skills significantly better. Managing remotely by default seems to be a good strategy for all kinds of distributed teams.

 

Is your company prepared?

Managing remote teams is a key skill that goes beyond just being able to work from home. In fact, it requires a whole different set of traits, practices, and strategies at both the company and individual level.

 

The Remote Managers 2020 aims to help all remote managers and their supervisors no matter their level of experience see what is going on in the world today. With key inputs from multiple remote-friendly and remote only companies including Doist, TaxJar, GitLab, Owl Labs, Whereby, Prezi, Work Remote, Remoters, Torre, Toptal, and GrowthHackers, readers can develop best remote management practices and lead their teams to success throughout 2020 and beyond.

 

Remote-how is a platform powered by and for the community of leaders of distributed teams.

Think of it as an online campus, where you get to meet and grow with top remote managers from all around the world. Anyone can upskill in managing virtual teams with their certification programs for Managers and HR professionals.

 

For questions, please reach out to Magda Sowierszenko at magda@remote-how.com or visit  Remote-How

For full report, click HERE

 

 

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