A practical and accessible guide to getting the best from working and managing remotely

The visual guide that gives you all the know-how you need to manage a team remotely and get the best out of them

More people are working from home - or remotely in other locations or time zones - than ever before. But with the many advantages remote-working brings, there are also brand-new sets of challenges - especially around effective management and getting the best out of teams that aren't in the same room.

This practical guide gives you all of the skills to succeed as a flexible worker, and as a manager running projects and teams remotely - however far the distance may be. Discover how to adapt your management style and get the best out of your team by defining expectations, understanding the unique challenges of working outside the traditional office environment, and setting up new routines, structures, and processes. Pick up useful tips for adjusting to the home-working environment; staying focused, motivated, communicating and working effectively; keeping projects on track; and achieving the best results.

Essential Managers: Flexible Working takes a no-nonsense, practical approach to the subject, with step-by-step instructions, tips, checklists and "ask yourself" features showing you how to focus your energy, manage change, and make a positive impact.

Whether you're new to flexible working or simply looking to sharpen your skills, this is the go-to guide for you.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. Introduction
  3. Chapter 1 Working remotely
    1. Rethinking the office
    2. Setting goals
    3. Working with others
    4. Keeping flexible
    5. Balancing work and life
    6. Structuring your time
    7. Looking after mind and body
    8. Understanding personalities
    9. Running a business
  4. Chapter 2 Choosing the right tools
    1. Embracing technology
    2. Setting up your office
    3. Using instant messaging
    4. Choosing video-conferencing tools
    5. Collaborating on and sharing documents
    6. Deciding how to communicate
    7. Using time-management tools
    8. Protecting data
    9. Remote working with Agile
  5. Chapter 3 Mastering remote communication
    1. Writing effective emails
    2. Mastering phone calls and messaging
    3. Respecting the calendar
    4. Moderating meetings
    5. Following group chat etiquette
    6. Running video calls
    7. Presenting virtually
    8. Hosting virtual events
    9. Overcoming time zones
  6. Chapter 4 Leading from a distance
    1. Becoming a long-distance leader
    2. Understanding the Remote Leadership Model
    3. Using the Three O Model of Leadership
    4. Working with distributed teams
    5. Planning for IT disasters
    6. Interviewing remotely
    7. Welcoming new starters remotely
    8. Transitioning your staff to remote working
    9. Training remotely
    10. Motivating staff and delivering feedback
    11. Creating a thriving team culture
    12. Maintaining authority from a distance