With COVID-19 still very much around, remote work will probably be here for a very long time. However, remote work can definitely become overwhelming due to a bunch of reasons. It can be that they start to feel isolated from everyone, particularly if they live alone or contrarily, they get distracted by their housemates, kids, or pets. Part of switching to remote work entails realizing and preparing for these challenges that your employees may come across.
Putting in place processes that ensure employee productivity and well-being is key for both during a pandemic and for the future as well. It shows that you care about them as people and not just because they work for you. We’ve shared three ways to ensure that your team is productive and well during this pandemic.
Be flexible about employee working hours
How do you, as an employer, ensure that your employees are well and their needs are being considered? The first thing you need to do is to let your employees set their own schedules. This lets them choose to work when they feel they are most productive, particularly with the distractions or lack of, abound. It also gives them a sense of empowerment and will consequently yield better results for the company. Think of how happy your employee would be and how much of a better work output they would have when the company is just that more flexible with work schedules. A suggestion here is to incorporate a hybrid of remote and in-office work to help maintain the already established flexibility.
Restructure your meetings to make them productive
Meetings are necessary. However, there is no doubt that they can interrupt the workflow. Virtual meetings can be more draining particularly if you have to be on camera for long hours. Practice streamlining your meetings to only those that are necessary, to be attended by only those that need to be there. Have an agenda for the meeting, clarify its purpose, objectives, and deliverables so that everyone is well aware of what is required at the end of the meeting.
Cultivate the company culture by doing group or company-wide activities.
Remember, you’re trying to promote your employees’ wellbeing. What better way to do that than to cultivate your company culture to keep them engaged? You can do this through virtual brainstorming coffee talks, virtual happy hours, or even virtual art lessons. Cultivating company culture is so important because, this way, they’ll feel less isolated and the company culture would flourish. Video chats and Slack communication are the way to go. These and a host of other communication tools help remote teams build relationships and have a greater sense of community. Remote work might be here for a while and as such, promoting your employees’ well-being and productivity should be made a priority. A lot of things have changed rapidly in the past few months, and employers need to be understanding of the issues that employees now have to deal with on a day to day, Empathizing is necessary and by following the following outline steps, and neither should the focus on physical and mental health in the workplace. Because so much has changed in the last few months, employers need to continue to be understanding of the new challenges affecting their teams.
By following these best practices, employers are able to make sure everyone in the workplace feels valued and empowered to do their best work, even in difficult circumstances.
Keep meetings productive
Encourage Culture and Community through Activities