We hope that you and your team are safe and well during this difficult time.

In today’s Manager TLDR, we’re sharing four resources to help you onboard remote employees successfully, run more effective virtual meetings, and lead during difficult situations.

✅ 7 Tips for Onboarding Remote Employees

TLDR: If you have a new hire joining the team in the next couple of weeks, this article will help you set them up for success. Some tips include:

  • Create a checklist with goals for their first week.
  • Make them feel included by celebrating their milestones with the rest of the team.
  • Set them up with a buddy – and encourage them to ask lots of questions!

💻 How to Run Effective Remote Meetings

TLDR: One of the best ways to foster team communication and collaboration amongst a distributed team is to schedule regular video calls. Here are some best practices you should consider:

  • Share a list of guidelines with your team (e.g. mute your mic when you’re not speaking).
  • Encourage attendees to contribute to the agenda prior to the meeting.
  • Ask specific people (e.g. the quieter members of the team) for their opinion.

🌎 Tips for Managing a (Remote) Team During a Time of Crisis – Stella Garber

TLDR: The worst thing a manager can do in a time of crisis is pretend that nothing is wrong. Instead, be vocal that things are different, and give your team the ability to process what’s going on. Here are some things you can do

  • Ask every direct report if there’s anything you can do to support them.
  • Think about overall morale before surfacing issues you may have surfaced before.
  • Over-communicate. If there are biweekly team meetings, schedule them weekly.

💪 How to Keep Your Team Focused and Productive During Uncertain Times – Amy Gallo

TLDR: Employees who are concerned about their future are likely to be distracted and unproductive. What should a manager do?

  • Acknowledge and manage any stress and anxiety you feel yourself. 
  • Reassert and reaffirm a shared sense of purpose within your team.
  • Give people flexibility in dictating their work schedule, so long as they plan in advance.