• James Walton

How to Make Remote Work More Effective

If you're managing remote employees, it's easy to get disconnected and out of sync. A few days or a week goes by, and you've forgotten what was last discussed, what tasks were assigned, and what deadlines put into play.

If you're running a smaller team and need a simple, bulletproof solution that creates clarity, try this:

Create a shared document, like a Google Doc, between you and your direct that tracks all the notes, to-dos, and deadlines.

In your weekly 1:1s, have it open for both of you and take notes. Capture the high level ideas, make bulleted lists for to-dos, and place deadlines in bold for easy reference after the fact. Before the meeting is done, review the notes, clarify expectations, and make mutual commitments to fulfill the items created.

Make it intentionally simple.

The goal is a quick reference guide to the conversation that can be easily reviewed at the next 1:1. Was the agreed upon work performed? Any roadblocks to meeting these deadlines?

Simple, timely meeting documentation makes remote work more effective.


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