Three Ways to Build Trust in Remote Teams

Three Ways to Build Trust in Remote Teams

With the power of the internet, distance is not a big concern for business activities and production with the appearance of remote workstations and the emergence of the ability to work online at the comfort of your home and at your own pace. The internet is quite the handy tool and has led to the popularization of having remote teams in your business, wherein people are assigned tasks to do and are expected to produce the results within the said time frame while performing their duties in a separate location from other team members. You can hire the talent you need on-demand, typically at a fraction of the cost of a full-time, in-house designer or developer.

This is a win-win situation for both the employer and the employee, the employer will have lesser overhead costs since there will be no need to pay for an additional physical workstation, and the employee does not have to deal with the horrid traffic and can do his duties in his home. However, this can be a double-edged sword, since the home has been treated as a sanctuary for relaxation, especially for those who came from corporate lifestyles or fieldwork. There are times that your remote teammates have not finished or fulfilled the task on time, which has led the team to do additional work or wait for the results, and most of the time, both.

It is not uncommon for teams to start having doubts and suspicion regarding the work of a teammate who is not physically near them. These doubts can slowly eat up not only the team morale but also the productivity of the team, which will compromise the results. To prevent this from happening, here are 5 useful tips to establish and maintain that level of trust that can propel your business even further heights.

  1. Get to know your remote team genuinely.

Before you can trust someone, you have to know someone first. Everyone has their own story to tell, however, you have to make sure that the stories of your remote team, their struggles, and their celebrations, will be a good part of the whole story for the team. You cannot truly help someone with their problems if you do not get to know someone in the first place.

one way to do that is to actually make social interactions a bit more fun. That way, the getting to know part will be continuous and will not have any kind of dissenting opinions. One way to make it more fun is to actually do some personality tests. One useful test would be the Myers Briggs test, which can actually two things for the team, the team get to know more about the person, and the strengths and weaknesses will be more apparent. Such information would be useful on how to give out tasks and how to further improve the business processes. By doing it this way and not the honestly corny methods of asking what kind of movies are they watching this weekend, and so on and so forth.

  1. Do not be the big brother that is watching, but instead let the team be the small brothers that make sure work is being done.

Anybody would get annoyed with the constant or asking for updates regarding the workload. This process of asking where they are already in the flowchart is actually detrimental not only because it wastes both of your time, it shows that the operational flow or process of your company or business is not up to the task and may need rewriting. Furthermore, this lack of trust can really erode the spirit of the team, and in particular, can make the person getting the constant questioning get a little bit fed up. This is not something that you want since it can definitely lessen productivity and increase the risk of losing one of the members of the team.

To counteract that, making a transparent and public flow of work will definitely make the team members more productive. This is because the effect of people knowing that you are not really performing up to par plus the implicit knowledge that you are constantly being judged silently by your peers would make a much better “nagging” method as compared to personally ask them for updates. You can use software that anybody can view like Trello or even just an excel flowchart which everybody can see like one in a google drive and put time stamps on it for every activity can be a no-cost alternative.

  1. Focus not only on the process but also on the person.

Sometimes we could not see the forest for the trees; the reason why there is no trust between remote teams may not just be about the physical absence of the team members, but could actually be more about the business structure as a whole and that the team has not adjusted fully yet. This is especially true with the team members who have not been working remotely for at least a year. That is a pretty big transition from working in an office cubicle. What most business managers and team leaders do is to put more processes or add more steps to the flowchart.

What the team needs is actually not a checklist but a human connection or motivation. Trust arises when feelings of camaraderie are evoked.

Trust will be built faster if you or the team is treating everybody like a person and not just the step before or after their task. In a nutshell, trust arises if you are working and performing as a human person and not as a robot. There are no software or tools that will change how you look at your team members. Instead, this is a holistic action plan that should be done by every member of the team. You can make opportunities for camaraderie to spring up by doing online virtual pizza parties after a task or milestone. Team building activities can actually be done by the whole team virtually, the team leaders and members just have to be more creative.

By getting to know your teammates, avoiding asking for updates directly, and by building the sense of teamwork and belongingness, trust between the members will just come naturally, and with trust comes efficiency and profit.

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How to Maximize Your Digital Marketing Budget in 2019

How to Maximize your Digital Marketing Budget in 2019

Many businesses don’t really regard themselves as digital companies, because they may offer “analog” consumer products and services. After all, they’re not selling high-tech products and software programs. Common small businesses include restaurants, arts, and crafts sales, and plumbing services. So since these are traditional businesses, often they employ traditional marketing strategies—and that’s a mistake. Instead, digital marketing must be at the forefront of any sensible marketing strategy these days.

It’s true that many of these old-school marketing departments have now added more modern online marketing elements like mobile marketing, social media marketing, email marketing, and website operations. Yet often the focus is on traditional marketing methods like print ads and retail store promos. The digital marketing teams receive a far smaller share of the marketing budget.

If you’re running your own business, you have to increase the budget for digital marketing. In fact, the bulk of your marketing budget should probably go to digital marketing instead. Your digital marketing team should be at the forefront of your marketing efforts, leading the charge in promoting your brand and gathering data about your customers.

If you’re not convinced, here are some facts that should change your mind:

  • The vast majority of your customers are online. In the US, about 89% of the people use the Internet. Among the Internet users, 77% go online every day, 43% are online several times a day, and a staggering 26% are online almost constantly. The percentage of the constantly connected jumps to 39% for the 18 to 29 age bracket.
  • According to expert consumer marketers, the most effective marketing tactics include digital marketing techniques like social media, email newsletters, videos, mobile apps, website articles, and blogs. Online marketing is quite versatile, as it can also include webinars, webcasts, online presentations, white papers, infographics, and case studies.
  • With so many digital channels, it’s your responsibility to make sure that the message stays consistent throughout. Every platform should have the same information regarding your business, such as your location and your contact information. Your prices and promos should also appear the same for each channel. Your offline channels must also fall in line with your online promos, though this can be a challenge when you’re prone to quick reactive promotions.
  • The speed of digital marketing is significantly faster compared the traditional offline channels. This is in terms of fulfilling consumer demand for information. Direct mail and even telephone channels can’t compare to having all the information readily available on your website. You can also chat with your consumers and respond quickly via forum posts and emails.
  • The analytic tools for online marketing are also superior as you’re able to really track your marketing ROI. These tools can track how each digital marketing method is actually contributing to your bottom line. You can find out which methods are increasing your brand visibility, increasing your website visitors, and boosting your sales.

The basic truth is that all business these days are digital. You may offer traditional services like food products and plumbing services, yet marketing today must be online.

LA Startups Crew
Los Angeles Startups
Santa Monica, Culver City, Venice, Hollywood, and beyond
LAStartups.com is a digital lifestyle publication that covers the culture of startups and technology companies in Los Angeles. It is the go-to site for people who want to keep up with what matters in Los Angeles’ tech and startups from those who know the city best.
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100 Best Coworking Spaces in Los Angeles

100 Best Coworking Spaces to Work in Los Angeles

Coworking spaces these days are all about well-designed, health-conscious zones styled to look more like a members’ lounge than a meeting room. It’s no wonder freelancers, creatives and startups are turning to coworking spaces as an alternative to the traditional office. The communal environment and the amazing amenities are definite perks, but mainly for the sheer beauty of the spaces themselves.

We have compiled a complete list of the best coworking spaces in Los Angeles for you to work – HERE

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Changing Careers: How to Find the Right Career to Switch To in 2019

Changing Careers: How to Find the Right Career to Switch To in 2019

It’s very common for people to think about switching careers. We think about working in a field we are excited about, in contrast to the dull industry we currently find ourselves. But often this sort of job dissatisfaction changes with your mood. So how do you know if you should change career in the first place? Which career should you choose next? To help you make an informed decision, here are some steps you need to take:

Is It Time to Change Careers?

Sometimes thinking about changing your career is just a passing thought. But you may want to seriously consider your career options right now if you find yourself agreeing to these statements:

  • You’re only staying in your current job because it pays well, or it gives you a prestigious title.
  • You actually hate the thought of waking up the next day to go to work.
  • You feel blah and unenthusiastic about your tasks.
  • When you succeed or fail at a project, it doesn’t really matter to you.

All these point out to a deep dissatisfaction with your current career path. When you’re with certain people, tasks, or workplaces, it’s normal. But when you simply don’t care about your industry anymore and about your place in it, or when the culture of your particular industry no longer suits you, then it’s probably time to take your career musings more seriously.

Which Career Will Be Right for You?

Now that you know that you don’t like your current career anymore, what do you like instead? This can be an overwhelming step because it feels like a wide-open quandary. How exactly do you narrow down your options?

The first step is to identify what gets you excited. There must be something that gets you going. What are you passionate about? What topics make you care? Knowing what motivates you can then help you identify the industries and jobs that can bring back the passion you’ve lost.

The next step is to do research on your motivations. Now you find those industries and jobs that will make you feel excited again. Internet searches are easy to do, and your research can then give you quick facts. You’ll know about possible jobs in other industries, expected salaries, the culture to expect, how all these can mesh with your career goals.

After your online research, go to job fairs and other career networking opportunities. Find out about job openings, and ask questions about the industry and the work.

Pursuing Your New Career

Once you’ve identified the new career you want to try out, be serious about starting the process. Go active on LinkedIn. Reach out to local businesses. Find mentors. Attend various industry events to widen your network.

You may find that your new career won’t require you to go back to school for the next 4 years. You may need some new training, but such programs may only take a few months instead of a few years. After that, you may be ready and you may find yourself looking forward to going to work instead!

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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.
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A native Angeleno. John studied engineering at UCLA; founded Schmoozd, an offline social tech networking event in LA with 30,000 subs; ran a startup accelerator (StartEngine). Worked for several major brands like Toyota, DIRECTV, Hitachi, and Raytheon. A mentor at LMU Entrepreneur School. And advises a dozen local LA startups building amazing tech in various industries; also invested in some.