Today we’re joined by Ericka Eller, Head Trainer for Foot Traffic Formula, one of the most sought-after business coaching programs for small business owners. Ericka is the go-to for lead generation, social selling, sales strategy and conversion. As a veteran virtual worker for the past three years, Ericka has developed strategies for leading a remote team with confidence and success.
How do you step away from work when it’s remote?
- The boundary between work and personal life has become blurred, especially since the pandemic.
- For Ericka, time management is a huge component to help that line stay intact.
- She determines her top three priorities and revolves her calendar around those objectives.
- Ericka’s advice: Schedule a specific amount of time to accomplish each task to give yourself a sense of urgency.
How do you grow social relationships remotely?
- Ericka’s team has a 15-minute check-in each day to discuss what they’re doing that day and if they need help or support.
- Her team uses Voxer (think professional virtual walkie-talkies) as a method of communication throughout the day.
What are her major challenges within a virtual team, and how does she combat these challenges?
- Remote work leads to text interactions as a primary communication method, which severely limits emotional understanding.
- Ericka incorporates video calls whenever possible so she and her team can read nonverbal cues.
- She occasionally sends care packages to her team to remind them she’s a real person and cares about them.
Find time for productivity:
- Find your most productive time of day or a time when you don’t have to worry about being scheduled for meetings and calls.
- Because most of her team is in a different time zone, she finds quiet time to work in peace later in the day when the rest of her team is winding down.
- Once a month, block out an entire day. Use that day to plan out projects and set deadlines for the month ahead.
How do you address slacking team members?
- Every single week she has a 1:1 check-in with each of her teammates. She finds out what they need, how they’re doing, and where they need help.
- Make sure you have those check-ins. They aren’t micro-managemental, but they are supportive.
Has Ericka been interrupted?
- Many things vie for your attention in a digital business, but social media can be a considerable interruption, especially when you use it for work and personal reasons.