August 14, 2018

4 Tips for Successful Remote 1-1s

Team dynamics are complicated enough even when everyone can grab lunch together. It’s often the “relationship” side of your team that will need some different techniques in a remote setting. If you’re a manager, building strong relationships with your direct reports is paramount for both their success and yours.

At Codeship, I manage a fully remote team, and our employees are scattered across Europe and North America. I found that much of the usual advice for 1-1s — hold them biweekly or monthly, make it a walk-and-talk, keep it tech-free — just doesn’t work for remote teams. Our set of constraints necessarily leads to some interesting solutions.

So don’t let the limitations of wifi bandwidth, your video camera, and your laptop screen get you down. Here are four tips for leading successful 1-1s with your remote teams.

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