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How to Manage Virtual Team Members Effectively

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How to Manage Virtual Team Members Effectively

Working in a team for bloggers is always beneficial either together or virtually. Most of the bloggers have a virtual team working for them, may be from different cities or even countries. But for many of them it becomes difficult to manage virtual team members because blogging team generally have creative people like designers, writers etc. thus to keep them motivated and monitoring their skill is a big task.

At ShoutMeLoud blog network also, we do have a virtual team and here are few working tips which makes it easy to handle virtual team.

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Make them feel like a team:

When we work in office, it’s easy to get a feeling that we are working as a team but virtually it’s quite tough to get that feeling. Thus, if you have a virtual team, make sure you keep on reminding about their goals, deadlines and keep mailing about feedbacks or reports to entire team. This will give a constant feeling that they are not independent and are working for a team.

Discipline in team-members:

Even if you have a virtual team, you need to keep track that how much time your team is working and providing results on time or not. Your team should be delivering working reports to you on time, it can be weekly or monthly. Make sure you give a proper feedback to them about their work and reports which make them understand their roles and work properly. Rules are important even if your team is working virtually.

Understand Your Team:

As you are not working with your team daily, there are chances that you don’t know them personally or how to keep them motivated while work. Sometimes you need to use different strategies for different people. Understand your team members properly and then assign them any task or provide any feedbacks.

Arrange virtual meetings:

Regular meetings are best way to increase interaction between your team members. If it’s not possible with your team to meet with each other then you can use online tools like Skype and arrange an online meetups to discuss work or just to celebrate for achieving any milestone. This will help the team to understand each other and they will surely make efforts to make team do better.

Have a team portal:

Apart from regular meetups, you can have a portal exclusively for your team. This kind of portal can be used for suggestions, feedbacks or interacting with team members on daily basis. If you find any good suggestions from your team, try to apply it as soon as possible, this always motivate team to work as a team.

One most important part is to set a target or goals for every month. This way even if your virtual team have liberty of time, they know, what they have to deliver by the end of month.

Any blog network can only succeed if there is a good synchronization between team members. If you are having virtual team, try to implement above tips to manage your virtual team effectively and don’t forget to share your views and suggestions to handle virtual team.

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  • Robert Miles

    Virtual teams should also use a tool that is designed specifically for virtual team’s collaboration and project management like Comindware task management software.

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  • seenu

    If leader is having discipline the his team members too have.
    So, leader is responsible for success or failure.

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  • Bligbook

    understanding and discipline is always a must in every field

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  • Adam

    Valuable info here Harsh, working with the people is only way how to reach bigger goals but at the same point this is the biggest challenge. It is very hard to manage people, to motivate them, to supervisor them, to distribute activates and so on. Especially if we are talking about virtual teams.

    As you mentioned to create a feeling they are all parts of one team that is working toward one goal is very important. This will make them feel responsible for the success of the whole team.

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  • Rahul

    i think i’m not included since i don’t have a team … ”yet” :p
    but it was great to know about these good/useful tricks !
    Thank You

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  • Donny Gamble

    Outsourcing and project management is definitely a skill that you need to learn when operating your own online business, so you can focus on growing your business.

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  • Sreejesh

    Yeah, even Automattic runs as a virtual team. But in blogging its a lil bit difficult to maintain the pace, especially if the members are working in some companies.

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  • Extreme John

    I have a team of members that work across different countries via cloud and I can tell you, it’s tough motivating people sometimes. Especially when the summer months or seasonal months role around, incentives are important.

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  • Nihar

    Nice post and all points covered are important.

    Right now i have one member in my team. I may include more.

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  • Arif Nezami

    Nice tps Harsh, There are many web based virtual team management tools available, they can also help users to manage the team better…

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