Product Management Process: How To Avoid Being Too Tactical

One of the mistakes I see newer product managers make is simply reacting to what happens each day. They are tactical instead of focusing on getting their team thinking about how they can improve things long term. Here are four ways you can avoid being overwhelmed by daily activities and focus on driving your team forward to success.

Companies succeed when everyone is aligned with their goals, customers’ needs, and company’s vision. But there is a problem: When each employee acts in his own interest. Companies fail to achieve their goals. Or even lose touch with customers because they don’t understand them anymore. The solution? Empower employees so that they know exactly what their role is in the big picture and understand how it impacts the overall business.

One of the best ways to maximize your employees’ productivity is through better communication. And one of the most popular ways to communicate with others is through short messages on social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter. These days, business professionals use social networks not only for quick chats but also for sharing company news and ideas. So why not use them to increase engagement and empower employees? 

Here are four ways you can do just that:

1) Use an alternative work-from-home policy: It’s a new era where we can do anything from anywhere—even while we’re still in bed! However, some companies don’t allow their employees to work from home because they think it may affect them. But what if you were to establish a flexible, alternative work-from-home policy? Wouldn’t employees be happier and more productive if they were allowed to work from home once a week versus being stuck in the office for eight hours every day? In fact, research shows that many companies are changing their views on this as more and more businesses implement teleworking practices.

2) Create a company wiki: Want your employees to feel even closer to their co-workers? Try implementing a company wiki where everyone can share thoughts. A wiki is basically an online platform where anyone within an organization. It can create or edit a page or document with information about a particular topic or subject—anything from how the company should celebrate boss’s day to what type of pens people prefer using at work. Wiki’s are a great way to close the gap between employees.

3) Hire flexible employees: If you want your company to have a worker that can be in more than one place at a time. Then hire someone who is already doing that—a teleworker! When a person works from home full-time their life doesn’t stop just because they’re not going into the office every day. This means that teleworkers have gotten comfortable being away from co-workers and working on more than one task at once. The best part about hiring teleworkers is that more often than not they’ve already proven themselves to be self-starters.

4) Host an open house: One of the major perks of working remotely is that it gives you the chance to get out of your home. And into a new environment. If you’re looking for workers that can work well in their own surroundings. While getting the social aspect of working around other people, then consider hosting an open house at your office.

5) Let them skip the commute: A teleworker doesn’t have to face massive traffic jams on their way to work. So they can spend less time commuting and more time doing productive things. If you want someone who will get more done and save your company money by cutting down on wasted fuel. And lost productivity then hire a teleworker!

6) Hire experienced teleworkers: You can target candidates who are already teleworkers. By posting your job opening at sites like This will give you access to experienced teleworkers who are looking for their next career move. This means you’ll have a broader pool of talent to choose from!

7) Make them feel welcome: Once you’ve found the best candidate for the job, make sure they feel welcome in their new environment. By having an open house or just letting them know that they’re part of the team now.

8) Don’t allow work from home abuse: Teleworkers can become unproductive if they’re allowed to work from home all of the time. They need face-to-face interaction with peers and management just like everyone else! So get them into the office as much as possible for meetings, training, and company events.

9) Let them telecommute: Some employees may want to telecommute full-time while others may prefer coming into the office every once in a while. So figure out what’s best for your team and adjust their hours accordingly!

10) Have a remote worker policy: You should have a clear set of guidelines on how working remotely is handled. Including expenses and expectations of staff members who work at home.