When the pandemic first hit, how long did you think you would be working from home? A couple of months tops, right? Most of us that are still working remotely didn’t think we would be doing so through the end of the year (and maybe permanently!). Well, with the holidays rapidly approaching and end of the year projects wrapping up, your employees might be feeling a little overwhelmed. If this resonates with your team, here are a few tips to help your employees succeed remotely.
Help them establish their work-from-home setup
Many employers have stepped in to help their teammates get comfortable with their new working environment. Whether that be hooking them up with some necessary office supplies, sending them a little gift basket, or even just supplying a budget for meals and coffee, these are a few things employers have done to make this adjustment a little smoother. If your company has missed the mark on this trend, it’s not too late to help your employees establish their work-from-home setup!
Everyone’s home situation is different; some employees may need more help than others. Does one of your team members need a new office chair? Does one of your teammates need a second monitor? These are relatively inexpensive ways to help your employees be more comfortable, more productive, and ultimately, help your employees succeed remotely.
Check-in often (but don’t micromanage)
An easy way to help your employees succeed while they work from home is to check in often. Don’t just send them a list of tasks and leave them by the wayside. Check-in often to see if they need help or if there is anything you can do to support them. How can you help your team succeed if you don’t know what their struggles are? Check-in often, but don’t micromanage. Nothing is more frustrating than a manager that interrupts you every few minutes to see what you are working on. Trust goes a long way, especially during these challenging times.
To give your team a boost in morale and help them succeed remotely, encourage camaraderie. When everyone is working from the office, it’s much easier to build relationships and feel like you belong to a team. However, there are no breakroom conversations while working from home, chatting in the hallway, or Friday afternoon happy hours. This feeling of isolation is especially prevalent during the holiday season. To help everyone have a little fun, encourage camaraderie. Schedule a virtual happy hour or holiday party with your team, watch a movie together over Teams, have some friendly competitions, or simply send them some holiday swag. Even the smallest gesture will help restore the feeling of belonging among your team, which will help them succeed remotely while we wrap up this crazy year.