Overcoming the Challenge of Managing a Remote Team
Currently, 16% of companies globally are fully remote, and 85% of managers believe that having teams with remote workers will become the new norm (Steward, 2021). This is mainly due to rapid technological advancements which allow employees to work from anywhere. Of course, the movement restrictions associated with the pandemic greatly contributed to this trend.
With the widespread adoption of remote work, employers are confronted with how best to manage remote employees. The task of ensuring engagement from a distance is definitely no mean feat, and enterprise leaders need to learn to adapt in order to ensure efficiency and productivity. The management strategies in place for a physical office will need to be remodeled to apply to the remote setting.
Many companies have turned to the Managed Services outsourcing model to resolve the remote management dilemma. An MSP takes on employer tasks such as talent sourcing and recruitment, payroll and IT services, training, monitoring KPIs, and employee engagement. It can also provide office hosting, equipment, and connectivity. Partnering with a Managed Services Provider (MSP) allows a company to focus on its core revenue-generating activities, while leaving the nitty gritty of managing its remote workforce to its MSP.
Other benefits of leveraging an MSP’s expertise include:
- Better employee productivity
- Cost reduction and predictability
- Reduced tools/infrastructure ownership
Companies who have found the right MSP partner are rest-assured of a well-managed remote team.