- Provide the right tools
Your apprentice needs tools to complete their work effectively. It's your responsibility to set them up for success. Make sure they have your social media logins if needed. For communication and tasking, we recommend using Slack and Trello.
2. Engage in water cooler talk
When people work remote, they miss the social aspect of being in an office - the human connection and socializing. After you've covered what needs to get done for work, ask your apprentice what sports they play, if they visited family over the weekend, or if they've seen any good movies lately. The stronger your relationship, the more quality work you'll get out of your apprentice.
3. Communicate clearly
The number one reason behind every conflict, missed deadline, poor quality work, or work accident is miscommunication. Miscommunication is compounded when you work remotely. Always double check that you've communicated clearly. Ask your apprentice questions to confirm they understand. Never assume.
4. Follow up with everything
Working remote can sometimes feel like nobody is going to notice if you get any work done or not. Your apprentice is no different. When you give them a task, follow up with them. Confirm that they're ready to perform the task on the set day. When they're working on the task, check that they have everything they need. When the deadline comes, check if they've completed their work. If you let this slip even once or twice, they will feel that they can get away with missing deadlines because nobody followed up.