It is evident that the workforce from most organizations is operating remotely now, owing to the pandemic. Management in most organizations are working towards designing and implementing new policies and procedures that will help employees with the switch. But is it really enough to keep your employees going?
Even though situations are getting better, this sudden wave of not being social has its own downsides. It is natural for humans to crave social interaction and build social connections. It plays a huge role in learning & development as well as survival of humans. Working remotely for a prolonged period of time can come with its own set of challenges.
Employees are feeling isolated and are losing motivation. This has a direct impact on their productivity and quality of work they deliver. We need employee engagement now more than ever. How can managers help their employees stay engaged during this hour of crisis?
The uncertainty and fear is higher now more than ever. It is very important for employees to understand what you, as a manager, have in your mind for them. Share with them the details of any employee engagement programs you have planned. Have frequent virtual meetings that not only focus on the work to be done but also focus on employee well-being and employee satisfaction.
It is hard for you as a manager to stay motivated and do this but it is important for you to understand that this step is vital both for the employees and for your own peace of mind. Bring your employees on the same page as yours.
It is a stressful job to have one on one meetings with all the employees in an organization but as a manager, it is important to understand the challenges facing your top performers and trying to fix them.
For example, recently, an organization provided its employees with a proper work station at home because they will be working remotely for a longer period of time. Understand the needs of your employees by having frequent one on one meetings with them.
If need be, be ready to make any modifications to the workplace policies to fix your employees’ problems.
Along with employees, managers are also struggling with losing their motivation to work.
Sometimes, they struggle with product delivery or tough deadlines and tend to lose their calm with their direct reports. It is important to practice empathy and be understanding.
Conduct meetings where employees can interact with their managers and supervisors, and be trained on practicing empathy during this extreme situation. This can start as a weekly session and everyone can share their real-life stories where they displayed empathy with each other.
This allows your employees and supervisors to understand each other and this approach drives employee engagement and productivity in the whole team.
One of the most common problems this pandemic season is the struggle to disconnect from work. Being able to work from home is great, but it comes with its own set of challenges. Employees keep working for more than prescribed hours and feel burnt out.
Allow yourself and your employees to disconnect from work after their work hours. If you cannot do it, give them a choice to take an off before or after the weekend so that they can indulge in some quality time with themselves.