Episode #393
How to Ensure that Your Team Stays Productive When You’re Out of Office
August 28, 2017

In Episode #393, Eric and Neil discuss how to ensure that your team stays productive when you’re out of the office. Tune in to learn how you can keep your people on track with their goals regardless of your absence, and simultaneously build a healthy relationship with everyone.

Time Stamped Show Notes:

  • 00:27 – Today’s topic: How to Ensure that Your Team Stays Productive When You’re Out of Office
  • 00:40 – Even though Eric was gone for a month, his team was able to work very efficiently without Eric there in person, or even on Slack
    • 01:06 – Make sure your people have clear tasks and goals that are defined with a deadline
  • 01:10 – Eric uses Dapulse as his project management tool
  • 01:37 – For communication, they use Slack and there’s a constant meeting
  • 01:45 – “Make sure you have the right processes to keep things going”
  • 01:50 – Richard Branson has 2 assistants that he trusts some of the tasks with
  • 02:29 – Neil gives his team tasks, goals, and objectives
    • 02:34 – Neil meets his team once a week to see how they’re doing
    • 02:42 – Neil only checks to see if his goals have been hit and if not, what are the problems with the team
    • 02:54 – “As long as everything is doing good, I don’t care what they’re doing”
  • 02:59 – Eric also uses 15Five where you can put your objectives and KPIs and if they’re on track
    • 03:38 – You will also know what people are feeling
  • 04:19 – Neil uses a “straight to the point” rule to make sure communication is always flowing clearly with his team
  • 04:55 – In the long run, figure out how you want to handle your team and what works well for everyone
  • 05:02 – Marketing School is giving away a free 1 year subscription of Crazy Egg which is a visual analytics tool
  • 06:01 – That’s it for today’s episode!

3 Key Points:

  1. Have employees keep a list of their objectives and goals—give them a deadline for each, and then intermittently track performance while you’re way.
  2. Keep your people happy because happy employees are the most productive.
  3. As your employees earn your trust, don’t be afraid to give them bigger tasks with bigger responsibilities.

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