I am considering taking a job managing a new and growing technical team in Bangalore India. I am on the east coast, which makes the time difference ten hours. Does anyone have experience managing a team in this way?
My communication plan would be to require a short email from each individual letting me know how their day went and if they had any problems they need me to flatten for them. After I read their emails, we would have two hours of overlap in the morning (Eastern Time). I am going to need to spend much of this time training them, and communicating with them so that I can help to resolve problems before they come in the next morning. At the end of my day, I would reply to their emails. In my emails I would inform them of the issues I have been working on (that pertain to them) and make sure that their direction is clear.
The team is only four people right now, but the plan is to grow by two people each quarter. As the team grows, I am not sure how it would be possible to conduct one-on-ones.
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In the nature of full disclosure, each team member will be coming here to train for three months. This will at least allow me to establish an initial relationship with them.