Keep your team productive working from home
Keep your team productive working from home
- Give your employees the right tools
- Communicate regularly
- Set meaningful goals
- Have fun-activities planned
- Encourage learning
- Be empathetic
Thanks to the coronavirus outbreak, working from home is no longer a work-perk, it is a necessity.
Below are a few tips to keep your team engaged and motivated to get critical work done.
Businesses all over the world are trying to figure out how to stay operational in the virtual world. If not managed well, working from home can lead to reduced employee productivity. Employers need to explore ways to manage and collaborate with employees better, so employees get their A-game to the fore.
1. Give your employees the right tools
Foremost, employees need to have access to tools, systems and assets while working from home. It is easy for employers to leave employees to take care of their setups at home. But caring employers ask their employees what their setup is at home, and support them with the appropriate tools, when applicable.
Also engage your employees on their training asks – what training will they need owing to the new circumstances they are in? Do they need training on how to run virtual meetings better? How to resolve conflicts?
Offer to buy the right equipment so they can work from their homes. Let it not be the employee who bears all the costs of investing in a new-equipment they need for working from home.
2. Communicate regularly
Your customers are facing problems, and so is your business. No doubt, you need to address those. Also remember, your employees are critical stakeholders too, and they have their own concerns about the impact of Covid-19.
Keep your employees clear on what is the expectation from them. Will new work from home policies impact workload?
Will certain parts (and as an extension, their employees) of the business be affected? How is employee well-being managed?
Also, you can help by taking time to update employees, on what actions the company is taking on a regular basis. We get it – things change and the situation is as ambiguous as it gets. Keeping your employees in the know, and taking regular feedback from them goes a long way.
3. Set meaningful goals
Discipline is a necessary factor to make work-from-home effective. In normal circumstances, the workplace is where the work happens. When one’s home becomes the office, personal and office work get mixed. It is natural to not be be able to work without distractions. With work discipline taking a back-seat. As with all habits, instilling discipline in a home-environment can and will take time.
You can help your employees set meaningful goals. Setting clear goals and metrics to support deliverables will enable your teams to track their progress. Help your teams give their best, by carving smaller milestones. You can also add elements of fun through gamification to boost engagement.
4. Have fun-activities planned
In these times of social isolation, it is normal for employees to be disoriented from normal settings. Having fun-activities can get your teams unwind and bond better as a team.
Get to know from your employees what virtual ways do they enjoy most. Get the team to talk to each other about what is going on with their lives. Understand what motivates employees to give their best.
Where possible, promote physical and mental wellbeing. Keeping employees engaged will help you keep them longer, as happy employees.
5. Encourage learning
Help your employees learn what they always wanted to, and engage in their career aspirations. If permitted, also offer to pay for those courses they wish to pursue.
Today there are many e-learning platforms that your employees can use to up-skill themselves. Not only does this help them grow their skills thus helping your business in the long term, it also helps your employees feel good about themselves.
6. Be empathetic
This is a time of upheaval for everyone – be mindful of the fact everyone are in this together. How we treat each other now will become how we re-define our relationships moving forward.
We cannot change the circumstances. We can however, take this as an opportunity to redefine employer relations with its employees.
At least till the time a vaccine is found for the Covid-19, work-from-home is here to stay. Adopting the best work from home practices will allow your organisation to stay afloat during these times. And when managed properly, your business will be able to emerge from it even stronger.