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How to Help Your Employees Succeed Remotely

How to Help Your Employees Succeed Remotely

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.

Encourage camaraderie

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.

Job Market Trends

Q4 Job Market Trends Amidst the Pandemic

January, February, Quarantine, October. This year has felt like a blur for many as we adjust to a new way of life. Surprisingly, we are already at the tail-end of the year, leaving many of us concerned about the rest of 2020. Although this has been a tough year, both economically and emotionally, the labor market is finally starting to rebound. Employers are slowly starting to lift their hiring freezes and bring back workers that have been on the sidelines for months. Other companies have been on a hiring frenzy to keep up with new demands and consumer lifestyles. Here are some Q4 job market trends to keep an eye on amidst the pandemic.

The competition will be tight

Even though the U.S. economy and the labor market are still in recovery mode, jobless claims rose 4,000 to 870,000 in the week ending September 17th. That puts the total number of claims to over 12.5 million. This is the lowest level of continued claims since mid-April but is still much higher than pre-pandemic levels.

As a result, millions of Americans are still out of work and will be competing for the same jobs as they slowly open back up. As competition rises, job seekers in every industry will have to be on their A-game. That means tailoring your resume, doing research, reaching out to your professional network, and putting yourself out there if you want to secure a new position by the end of the year. Employers are now in the driver’s seat for the foreseeable future, and job seekers will have to be resilient in their job search.

WFH migration

The work from home migration has been a heavy topic of discussion this year. Many employers embraced remote work, while others were resistant. Regardless of your stance, working from home is here to stay. Job postings for remote positions are skyrocketing as the pandemic lingers on, and it is encouraging a work from home migration away from big metro areas. Workers in markets such as Seattle, New York, and Silicon Valley are relocating to markets with a lower cost of living. After all, why work from an expensive, densely populated big city when you are working remotely?

This migration has a significant impact on companies’ hiring strategies and will likely impact salaries going forward. The five cities with the biggest gains in net arrivals are:

  1. Jacksonville, FL (+10.7%)
  2. Salt Lake City, UT (+9.6%)
  3. Sacramento, CA (+7.6%)
  4. Milwaukee, WI (+4.5%)
  5. Kansas City, MO (+3.9%)

The mid-west is also a hot spot for migration as workers look for a better quality of life and cheaper cost of living. However, are employers willing to pay their staff the same salaries if they move from the Bay Area to Sacramento? Job seekers will want to be conscious of this job market trend when relocating or searching for new remote positions.

Industries with the most robust outlook

Some industries were hit harder than others throughout the pandemic, while others are thriving with a new customer base and a change in consumer habits. The pandemic hit retail trade, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality the hardest. However, these are now the industries with the fastest growth and recovery rates.

Education and health services also are on the rise as many Americans are more reliant on these services. Additionally, transportation and warehousing have gone through tremendous growth as Americans shift their buying habits from brick and mortar stores to online purchases.

If you are looking for some of the hottest jobs right now, check out this article highlighting the jobs with the most demand.

Take your career to the next level

The country is still recovering, and there are still a lot of unknowns for the rest of 2020. However, these are a few job market trends that will happen in the last quarter of 2020. We asked Perry Paden, Senior Vice President of Johnson Search Group, his thoughts on hiring in Q4 and he said, “Budgets for 2021 are currently in full swing. Many companies are finding out that they have a considerable amount of their 2020 hiring budget remaining this quarter. Even though the hiring process has changed, hiring top talent has not. Many of our clients and prospective clients are struggling to find the best candidates on the market, and Johnson Search Group is here to help.”

If you are a job seeker looking to secure a new opportunity before the end of the year, look at our job board. We have hundreds of jobs available across the country, with clients looking for excellent candidates like you! Or if your department is in need of great candidates this quarter, we can help find the talent you need to end 2020 on a strong note. Partner with JSG today, and let’s take your career to the next level.

WFH

Tips For Starting A New Job While WFH

Starting a new job creates a lot of emotions: excitement, stress, curiosity, and anxiety. However, starting a new job while working from home (WFH) is a whole other ball game. It can be challenging to get a feel for the culture, your team dynamic, and your colleagues while starting a new job remotely. Here are a few tips for starting a new career while WFH to make you feel more comfortable with your team.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

If you only worked for your new employer for a few weeks before COVID-19 or actually started your new job while working from home, it can be overwhelming. You may not understand company processes, procedures, and other details that you probably would learn working in the office. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or for help. It’s okay to seek the aid of your manager or a co-worker if you need clarification on something. It sounds cheesy, but there are seriously are no stupid questions when it comes to a new job!

Initiate “water cooler conversations”

A big part of building strong relationships with your co-workers is getting to know them on a more personal level. This can be a little more challenging when you don’t see each other in person every day. Thus, you have to initiate “water cooler conversations” from the comfort of your home. Reach out to your co-workers and ask them about their weekend, discuss evening plans, and other small talk. These are easy ways to make you feel more united with your new team and start building upon your working relationships.

Ask for feedback

A great way to gauge how you are doing and understand what you can do better is to ask for feedback. Reach out to your co-workers and ask for some advice to help you navigate this new job better. Your team should want to help you succeed; therefore, it shouldn’t be a problem for them to give some helpful input. Also, you can ask your manager or boss for a one-on-one to provide you with some constructive criticism. You can discuss what you are doing well and what you still need to work on. This is an excellent way to improve and show the initiative that you want to be a better employee.

Starting a new job while WFH is challenging, but these three tips should help guide you in the first few weeks of your new career journey!

Avoid WFH Burnout

How to Avoid WFH Burnout in During the Pandemic

Millions across North America have been working from home (WFH) since the middle of March. As a result, many are beginning to feel the burnout of WFH. The combination of longer workdays, more family-related responsibilities, and isolation is starting to take its toll. A recent survey by Glint revealed that responses discussing burnout doubled from March to April (from 2.7% to 5.4%). As stay at home orders linger, this feeling will continue to increase, impacting our productivity, mental health, and overall attitude towards our work.

For most of us that are lucky enough to work from home, the division between work and home is looking a little blurry. If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed while working remotely, here is how to avoid WFH burnout during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Separation between work and home

One of the biggest challenges of working from home is the unclear division between home and work. It’s easy to feel obligated to continue working when you’re at home. With more effective communication, thanks to the soaring adoption of video technologies, it’s easy to overwork yourself. In fact, the average remote employee works an extra 1.4 more days per month than when working in the office. When WFH, you never really feel like you are ‘off’ of work, and therefore, continue to check those emails.

To mitigate this, create a physical divide between your work life and your home life. Try and set up a home office or workstation where all you do is work. It will help you eliminate distractions and be more productive. When you’re through with your work, try and leave the area for the day. Physically separating yourself from work will help avoid the WFH burnout.

Don’t forget to take breaks and get up from your computer. It can be easy to sit down and not get up for a few hours. If you struggle with this, set a timer or calendar reminder to get up every hour for a couple of minutes and stretch. You will feel a little refreshed if you take small breaks throughout the day.

Maintain a routine

Try and create a routine while working from home, just like you would if you were at the office. Wake up at the same time every day, shower, get ready, eat some breakfast, take a lunch break, etc. Creating a routine will help work, well, feel like work! Maintaining a routine will prevent you from feeling burnt out because it will feel like it’s a typical working day. It will also help you maintain a stricter work schedule, so you don’t overwork yourself. Whatever your routine looks like, stick with it, and it will help create further separation for your work life and your home life.

Block out some ‘me time’

It’s critical to take some personal time during these uncertain circumstances. Most of us have a lot of additional stressors and anxiety right now – finances, feeling contained, balancing work and family responsibilities, and possibly even acting as a teacher for your kids who’re finishing up the school year online. That’s a lot to take on, and it can be challenging to have some “me time.” Block out some personal time each day, even if it’s just an hour, to relax and decompress from all your responsibilities. Turn your phone off, read a book, go for a walk, watch some Netflix, or whatever it is you need to do to unwind.

If you are really feeling overwhelmed, consider taking a day off work. 31% of employees have taken a day off from work for their mental health. If you can do this, you will come back feeling refreshed and able to concentrate on your job better.