Promoting Engagement And Productivity In The Remote Workplace
According to a recent study, newly remote workers across the country are encountering a series of challenges in their daily work life:
- 19% experience loneliness
- 17% have difficulty communicating and collaborating
- 8% have trouble staying motivated
Has your staff adapted to remote work?
It’s understandable if they haven’t. It doesn’t come naturally to everyone. This new era of remote working has led to the types of issues that managers would have addressed directly in the workplace. It’s not so easy now that you’re cut off from your team members.
Tips For Promoting An Engaged And Productive Remote Workforce
- Make Sure They’re Working In The Right Space. Make sure that wherever you’re going to work is comfortable, distraction-free, and as in-line with your normal workplace as possible. You may need to invest in an office chair, or even, depending on your work, a second monitor.
- Make Sure They Can See One Another. In the office, everyone would see each other just by being there. In a remote setting, email and phone calls don’t provide the same level of connection. Make sure to hold video meetings with staff, clients, and other contacts when possible.
- Promote Balance In Their Workday. Make sure that your staff is striking the right balance at home. Just as they shouldn’t be slacking off because they’re not being supervised, they also shouldn’t overwork themselves. Make sure everyone is taking breaks to decompress, stretch, stay hydrated, and relax.
- Make Sure Everyone Knows The Plan. Communication protocols are especially important right now. Without being told to do so, some staff members will update you multiple times a day. Others will follow a “no news is good news” mindset. Make sure to dictate policy for how and when communication is to take place every day.
- Get Them Collaborating With One Another. Getting your staff to work in groups on projects won’t just promote a productive workplace – it will help you develop a healthier one too. As mentioned before, your team will benefit from any opportunities they have to connect with one another.
- Make Sure They Socialize. Switching from a full office to their quiet house can be difficult for workers – don’t forget to schedule a time for business and casual communication. Your employees should still communicate regularly with one another and with you.
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