It can be tricky being a manager for the first time, but arguably harder if you don’t physically see your employees daily.

  • Host office hours.  Make yourself available at specific times that your employees can reach you and ask questions.  Keep your virtual office door open and invite conversation.
  • Share your communication style.  Share with your team the best way to get in touch with you (email, text, messenger)
  • Virtual happy hour. Invite informal conversations with your team over a glass of wine or coffee.
  • Get face time.  If you’re in their town, take your employee out to lunch and get to know them.

Alissa Carpenter

Professional Trainer, Speaker and Career Coach at Everything's Not OK and That's OK
Alissa Carpenter offers professional development and career exploration to companies, alumni groups, student advising units, and individuals across the country. She works to enhance team communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills with an upbeat personality and true passion for working with others to set and achieve goals.Alissa has an MEd in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education, is a Gallup-Certified Clifton Strengths Coach and is certified in the Strong Interest inventory.
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