What is a dispersed team?
A dispersed team has the majority of its members working in separate locations 2.5 days/week or more. This means they have less opportunities to talk or collaborate face-to-face, and you will need to adopt a different way of managing the team.
Tips for troubleshooting
Someone isn’t meeting their performance targets
- Identify any obstacles
- Negotiate their workload
- Setup regular check ins
See page 11 of the guide for more.
- Dial in early to meetings to troubleshoot
- Train your team and have a Plan B
- Advocate for better systems
See page 8 of the guide for more.
Someone is working too much and is stressed
- Walk the talk (‘leaving loud’)
- Talk about health and stress
- Check in at your catchup meeting
See page 14 of the guide for more.
One team member seems particularly withdrawn
- Check-in at your catchup meetings
- Ensure they have a buddy, perhaps from a nearby agency
- Schedule time to visit them in person
See page 13 of the guide for more.
There is tension between team members
- Explore the issues with them individually
- Co-develop solutions
- Agree on a way of working and be clear in your expectations
See page 6-7 of the guide for more.
Working flexibly: resources for employees
Flexible teams: resources for managers
Implementing flexibility: resources for people and culture
How to implement flexible working
Building leadership support for flexible working
Change plan to implement flexible working
Flexible working policy guidance
HR manager skills for working flexibly
Job share resources
Flexible working awareness and engagement sessions
Flexible working communications toolkit
Shifting perspectives on flexible working
Typical misgivings about flexible working
Behavioural insights trial
Championing job share in your agency
How to advertise flexibility
Measuring and evaluating your agency’s progress
Using workforce data
Flexible organisations: resources for leaders