Any managers managing remote/distributed teams pre-covid? Would love to connect and discuss team building challenges and process changes that was necessary.

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As we continue wfh and more and more tech companies moving fully remote I want to be proactive in preparing and be a good remote manager as well. Few things I see I might need to be set up in the team is better async communication methods/mindset, we all face zoom fatigue and not every team member is good at running meetings effectively. Better ways of celebrating wins, something to replace office socializing and off-sites. Better ways of onboarding new members onto the team and setting them up to build better relationships in the team (that would've happened more organically in the office, even when introverted). Remote working also makes it harder for a new joinee get a feel for the larger company outside of the immediate team. And finally as a manager not only relying on 1:1 to get messages through.

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I'm not a manager but I've been part of a distributed team for years. The biggest hurdle making your team feel connected to each other. I've been a on many contracts where I'm 100 percent at various client sites and never! In direct contact with anyone in my company. It makes you feel alone and invisible. Video meetings do help but you also need to do something social for team building. My current employer chooses to do virtual happy hours with social games right now due to Covid. Find some sort of way to help your people chill and gel together. It's sorta dumb and awkward at first, believe me. I have an extremely stressful job and it's essential to know you can reach out to someone in your team /company to blow off steam or when a crisis occurs and to celebrate the good things as well. Btw skribble.io is a hilarious way to laugh and have a good time over a zoom or webex

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