It's no secret that teams who work remotely can be at a disadvantage when it comes to company goals. Not only do they lack the companionship of colleagues working side by side, but there is also an increased risk of isolation and burnout.
So how can you get remote teams on board with company goals?
Team alignment is important for organization success. Individuals on a team need to be aligned in their goals, as well as understand the organization’s strategic objectives.
In this blog, we will discuss how to increase remote team alignment with Goals.
In most organizations, managers and employees are expected to share the same goals and work towards achieving those goals together. This ensures that all of the people working at an organization are on the same page and working towards an ultimate goal.
This is much more important in remote teams, where everybody works from different locations. It is those remote teams that are most common nowadays, and the majority of all teams work remotely at least part-time (and many 100% of the time).
Goals as a Tool for Increasing Team Alignment
Imagine how difficult it would be for employees to stay aligned when working together on a project if they were not sure what the goals were.
But goals can be built into almost any process, which increases their value and means that they become essential to functioning organizations. This is as true for virtual teams as it is for other kinds of teams.
In fact, according to recent research, lack of clarity on company goals leads to:
Confusion about ongoing projects and where to focus and work according to the given deadline.
Lack of team motivation and enthusiasm drive.
Struggle to work with team members and lack of overall alignment with the team.
Luckily you can bring clarity and association to your team with Goals with Time Champ:
There are three key steps - these are all DIY!
1) Clarify company goals to the team
2) Provide a framework for individual goal setting and tracking
3) Celebrate daily successes
Your team must understands the goals that they're working towards. This is true when they're working from home anyway, but it's even more important when remote teams are disconnected and must rely on information from headquarters.
One way to avoid miscommunication is by having clear company goals both at the top and the bottom of the planning process.
The first step to building a successful company goal is understanding that goals are not one-size-fits-all. For example, some companies may have their employees drive revenue; others may have them develop new products. While this should be fairly obvious, it's often a good idea to spend some time clarifying what that means for your team.
Every team member of a different department has a clear idea of the goal and their role to accomplish that goal on time.
The main challenge to remote team alignment is knowing what your team and organizational priorities are. Without a unified goal management system, some teams might have their goals in a spreadsheet, others might track them in a slide deck.
When information is unclear, it can be nearly impossible for team members to know what work to prioritize.
With project management, all of these priorities live in Time Champ. In the project management, you can see any public company goal or filter by relevant ongoing project.
The project management tab gives you a high-level picture of the goal title, owner, due date, and progress.
If company goals change or team members need to check in on a goal for whatever reason, they can do so right from the project management sections. That way, remote teams can stay associated no matter where they’re working.
Further than viewing Goals at the project level, it can also be helpful to connect goals to specific tasks, deliverables, and indicators.
Bringing big-picture and clear objectives into your team’s current work can help your team associate and work effetely on your company’s most important priorities.
But when all the team members work on a spreadsheet, getting that context can be difficult and time-consuming. That’s why you can @-mention any task comment or status update in the project management sections.
By @-mentioning the right people who are working on that particular project, you can reduce the gap between company priorities and daily work, so your team always has the framework and transparency they need to excel—then the location become irrelevant.
Giving a clear idea of company goal team can also know how their work contributes to company objectives. And collaboration software like Time Champ helps teams get there.
Employees using a productive work management tool are nearly twice as likely to say they have a clear understanding of how their work relates to their company-wide goals.
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