How to track and improve your remote team’s accountability

In the old days, a company generally operated from one single location, with all its employees sharing the same space, which allowed them to communicate with each other and clearly, without leaving much room for delays or misinterpretation. They could also be easily monitored by their supervisors and managers, who made sure the entire team was cooperating to advance the company’s goals.

That is still the case today in many companies, but with the rise of the internet, many companies have decided to move their business online, so as to remain relevant and address a far wider audience than they would otherwise. Most successful global companies nowadays have an extremely strong online presence.

This shift naturally lead to a number of changes in the business world. One of the most important among these change is the fact that many such companies have remote teams working for them all around the world. Yet this holds as true for large companies as it does for small startups. In fact, many startups nowadays are operated by groups of individuals coming from different places around the world, but who share a common business vision.

With that in mind, it’s not a stretch of the imagination to think that with large groups of people working remotely around the world, on different time zones and even different business practices, monitoring their productivity can prove rather difficult. There are a few easy yet effective ways to track and encourage their accountability and thus improving their overall performance.

Measure performance with a project management system

Your company can benefit immensely from measuring performance, because it encourages engagement on the part of your employees, particularly of those working remotely. To do so, use a project management system like Trello or Asana to keep track of what your team is working on and when.

Set daily check-ins

Another smart way of tracking your remote team’s productivity and increase their accountability is to set daily check-ins. A morning check-in on Google Hangouts is a great way to connect the entire team and discuss upcoming tasks and projects, as well as accomplishments. This can also help build a sense of camaraderie between your employees, despite the distance.

Communicate and be flexible

Lastly, take time to communicate properly with your team(s). For many, working from home may mean working whenever it’s productive. Discuss and set up schedules that work for everybody, so that they can perform well and help you advance your business goals. Communication is vital in this new form of working environment, so make sure to incorporate that in your business practices in order to improve your remote team’s accountability and overall performance.

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