Chances are, you and your team have been working remotely for a while now, likely at a very high level.
sudden shift to a telework model, followed by months of sustained uncertainty hasn’t been easy for anyone, least of all on those who never expected or wanted to work exclusively from home. Left unchecked, fear, stress and isolation could push these already frazzled employees even closer to burning out. As firms bounce back, ensuring at-home worker security and productivity won’t be enough. Smart leaders will also provide practical solutions that also promote their teams’ emotional well-being. Here are some tips for leading with compassion and keeping valued staffers on track over time.
1) Identify communication preferences.
Establish how people prefer to communicate–email, phone, text, IM or video-chat. It may not always be possible to accommodate everyone, but the simple act of asking (and honoring their request when able) can help build trust and boost morale.
2) Create a safe environment
. This is no easy task, even under normal circumstances. But consider incorporating a “health check” into your remote interactions. Ask people how they’re doing (physically and emotionally) and make sure to listen sincerely and help whenever possible. If a more personal issue surfaces during a group call, offer to discuss it with the individual privately.
3) Provide new “blended” outlets
. Maybe it’s a virtual water cooler where distributed teams meet to chat, catch up or informally brainstorm a work problem. Perhaps it’s a private YouTube channel where workers go to share food or drink recipes, or photos of hobbies, pets or children. Having a shared gathering place can help keep spirits and camaraderie high, while reducing the chance of remote-work fatigue. Need technology solutions to support or enhance your current telework strategy? Call TeamLogic IT.