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How To Support Your Team During A Pandemic

How To Support Your Team During A Pandemic

We have been facing the most unusual circumstances for over four months now. Companies and employees alike have fallen into some sort of “pandemic rhythm,” allowing them to survive. However, as we look towards the future, there’s no certainty to how long this will last. Companies are desperately trying to adapt to a long-term strategy for continuing to do business while also accommodating unknown obstacles. The best place to start? Taking care of your employees. Here are three strategies you must implement in order to maintain a happy and healthy team during a global pandemic.

Be available

Working from home can be incredibly isolating. Making yourself available to your team will give them a sense of comfort and support. And this is more than sending an email letting people know they can contact you. Therefore, go out of your way to check in with your employees frequently. Have conversations about their productivity, challenges they’re facing, and perhaps most importantly, how they are coping. Everyone is struggling with different battles right now, and a supportive hand goes a long way.

Be flexible

Your employees’ worlds have been turned totally upside down. Many are juggling working from home while also homeschooling and parenting full time, for instance. Appointments and vacations have been scheduled and rescheduled multiple times. As a result, flexibility will go miles and miles in building respect with your team during a pandemic. Over half of people who are telecommuting said they are experiencing burnout and overwork. Allowing flexibility will take one more concern off of their overloaded pandemic plates.

Be proactive

A lot of employees are navigating uncharted waters, unsure of how policies and procedures may have changed due to the extenuating circumstances, which means it’s up to you to proactively explain and encourage them. For example, with many employees working from home and travel plans put on hold, fewer people are requesting time off for vacations. This can lead to various problems, including team burnouts and employees stockpiling PTO. A proactive approach encouraging employees to step away from their desk will help to quell balance sheet problems and lead to a happier and healthier remote team.

What’s the one leadership skill all of these things have in common? Listening. Take the time to listen to your team members and accommodate their feedback while addressing their concerns. Use these tactics to support your team during a pandemic or any other challenging time. Interested in more management and hiring tips? Explore our Client Resources.

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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!