Tips for managing multiple teams
Be a strong leader
Learning how to structure your teams so that they can be managed effectively remotely is a necessity.You must have ways of receiving feedback so as to know how your teams are performing when you are not there.You need to be as much a part of the team as possible without physically being there.
Promote problem solving
Without you being there to give constant guidance to your team, you will need to find ways that you can promote innovative thinking and problem solving skills. Generating ideas is often a matter for more than one team and thus relationships between the teams that you manage should also be fostered.
Body language is a huge part of business and not being with your team puts you at a disadvantage when it comes to simply sensing when something is wrong.Encourage open and honest communication.Encourage your team members to express their opinions by being open to different viewpoints.
Managing multiple teams is hard for anyone.You must seek out ways that you can manage stress while traveling, while away from your team, while away from your own home or family if that is the case, etc.You must not neglect the need that you have to address issues of personal productivity.You must develop a means by which you can distinguish where you should focus your time and effort.
Personal accountability and encouragement
Encouraging accountability and motivating employees from a distance is one of the biggest challenges of managing multiple teams.Human interaction is obviously much more beneficial to a struggling employee.Boost team moral by using your creativity to develop competitions, give out prizes and recognize exceptional work.Teach your teams how they can turn conflict and disagreement into a solution that all can be happy with.Anticipate problems and deal with them quickly so that you diffuse any potentially detrimental situations before things get out of hand.
Evaluations and feedback
Performance appraisals should be positive experiences where individuals are praised on their good work and are encouraged to remain positive and to make improvements.When you do not work directly with the employee that you are evaluating you may want to involve the performance evaluations given by local leadership as well.Involve people who have worked directly with the employee so that they have a local contact that they are able to work with if changes are to be made.