Posted-on November 2020 By Amy Bates
In the years ahead, when the pandemic is long behind us, people will remember how their companies have made them feel in this difficult time. As you lead your mostly remote team in our new world of work, it is essential to ensure that they remain positive and have confidence that their welfare is your primary concern.
On average, remote workers are more productive and put in more hours than on-site workers. Using productivity and project management tools makes it easier for everyone to keep up-to - date on the status of on-going tasks and help you find problems. Don't make your employees feel that you're using these apps to constantly check them out, but rather empower them to better manage their own time and coordinate with the rest of their team. If you think the employee is under-performing, reach out and ask them how they're doing. They may feel anxious or have trouble adjusting to work from home. It's particularly important to listen to what your employees need. With many schools closed and parents having to monitor remote learning while working full-time, working with them to set flexible schedules, they can help to overcome these conflicting demands.
Make time for the time of face.
If you can't have in-person meetings, be sure to check in regularly with remote workers via Skype , Google Hangouts, Zoom, or any other video conference platform. Often having a five-minute call can save you hours back and forth by email. Make yourself available for questions, clarifications or a friendly exchange. Don't just reach out to your employees to assign a task or check the status of the project. Ask how they do it or how they spend time with their families. Let them know that you care about their well-being in and out of the office.
To create an inclusive and engaging work environment, it's important to work out time for team building, even if it's virtual. Encourage socialisation during the day and continue to celebrate personal milestones such as birthdays , weddings, or becoming a parent. Recognize the accomplishments of work and anniversaries to promote team spirit.
Provide resources that encourage positive thinking.
It is now a good time to encourage learning and development programmes to increase the involvement and retention of employees, while also giving them the opportunity to enhance their skills and improve their performance. Encourage your employees with the support and tools they need to remain productive and healthy in the face of new challenges. Remote work can be difficult for many people, so it's important to give employees permission to work out or meditate on workdays. Attentiveness in your workplace encourages people to reduce stress and anxiety which is good for them and your business.
It’s easy for people to fall into the trap of thinking that certain things can’t be done right now because the situation we’re in is so far from what we’re accustomed to. Resilient leaders challenge their teams to believe that they can find other solutions instead. Supportive leadership can help employees shift from a negative to positive mindset as they find new ways around any obstacles.