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

TEDx Speaker, Author, Facilitator at Everything's Not OK and That's OK
Alissa Carpenter is a multigenerational workplace expert, owner of Everything’s Not Ok and That’s OK and host of Humanize Your Workplace podcast.
She provides training, consulting, and speaking services to organizations all over the world. She has an MEd in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. Her work helps to bridge communication gaps across generations, job functions, and geographies, and she has worked with organizations ranging from non-profits to multi-billion-dollar enterprises. She has delivered a TEDx talk on authentic workplace communication, and has been featured in media outlets including Forbes, ABC, FOX, and CBS. Her book, Humanize Your Workplace (Career Press), is set to release next year.
Alissa Carpenter