In an office, you see your team at all times, you control the hours, you utilize communication cues other than written or verbal. It’s much easier to grab everyone for an impromptu meeting and you get the benefits of social interaction with others.
Now, your position will require additional skills.
An additional skill required is finding the right talent.
Remote team building requires unique individuals so you’ll need to vet team members for additional qualities. Most likely, an interview will be conducted online adding an extra layer af difficulty. Keep a few of these questions in mind while considering new team members.
- Have they ever worked remotely and what was that dynamic like?
- What type of technology do they use?
- Which technology platforms for remote teams are they familiar with?
- How are their written communication skills? We cannot stress this one enough!
- Is a social environment important to this person?
There are two different types of email services: Marketing & Transaction Emails. It’s important you know the difference, otherwise, your email may never make the inbox.
Marketing emails are for promotion purposes, Transaction emails are for things like receipts, package delivery tracking, etc. Transactional emails almost always reach the inbox while more often marketing emails go straight to the spam folder. You can use transactional emails to proceed a customer “action” such as opt-in on your webpage.
It’s also important that your email service has tools that allow you to conduct spam-analysis and blacklist checks before sending emails.
This may require some time and testing but there are a few types of technology to start with.
Make things easier by adding a team member who has worked on a remote team before. They will provide both insight and experience to the group. Much like any new endeavor, we recommend you always test new things, keep what works, trash what doesn’t work and always looks for way to do things better.