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Remote Management: practical tools to make it work

Last week we looked at the 5 key components to lead effective remote management and this week we follow up with 5 key tools that organisations need to use to make it work in practice.

These 5 tools look directly at the programme level and what needs to be part of any successful remote management plan.   The following recommendations should be used as a GUIDE only: the exact changes each organisation will need to have in place to successfully manage their programming remotely will vary.

1. Planning

Not all programmes – or all parts of all programmes – can be delivered remotely. An honest conversation about this can prevent a lot of frustration in the long run. It could be that the remaining staff lack the skills or experience to run the programme successfully. Or, that the systems aren’t in place to support them. Sometimes, these can be built in short order and sometimes it is in the programme’s interest to hibernate activities until it can be managed again normally. However, proceeding without a plan that realistically evaluates the programme’s ability to run remotely is dangerous.  

2. Risk Assessment

Moving from in-person management to remote management requires a reassessment of risk – both risk linked to duty of care but also risk newly presented by the programme being remote managed. The risk assessment conducted previously will be a good starting point but insufficient for a new form of management.

3. Support