The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how businesses and learning institutions operate around the world. Governments are encouraging businesses to request their employees to work from home. While some employees had already started working remotely before the pandemic, most workers and managers are trying to adjust to these rapid changes.
Working from home minimises the chances of interacting with our friends and colleagues and more distractions. All these lead to low productivity and performance. To solve these problems, employers have to come up with simple methods to work together with their employees to boost productivity and satisfaction. Here are some of the best ways that business leaders can use to boost the productivity and satisfaction levels of their remote employees.
Equip Your Team With The Appropriate Tools
One of the best ways to help your employees succeed while working from home is by getting them the tools that will help them connect and stay productive. Some of these tools include project management apps like Airtable and Asana, messaging apps like Microsoft Teams and Slack, and video conferencing apps like Google Hangouts and Zoom.
Equipping your remote employees with these technologies will give enable you to stay on the same page with them and help you achieve your objectives. These apps will keep your team connected and productive when normality returns.
Daily Check-Ins Are Essential
Since managers won’t be meeting with their employees face to face every day, creating a daily check-in routine is one of the best ways to set priorities and bond with them. A virtual meeting in the morning through a phone call, instant message, or video chat will be important in the long run. These meetings can be held among groups or individuals.
The productivity apps discussed in the previous point will be essential for conducting daily check-ins. For instance, if you held a meeting every morning with your team, you may consider using a video conferencing app to hold the same meeting every morning. Such meetings can help in boosting the productivity and performance of employees.
Encourage A Dedicated Workspace
Most employees have never required a dedicated workspace in their homes. However, if they’ll be working remotely, managers should encourage them to create home offices that are not in the communal space. In some instances, organisations have offered large stipends to enable workers to create productive spaces for working remotely.
A dedicated workspace can help freeing employees from the distractions at home. Since most parents will be at home with their children due to the pandemic, getting an office away from loved ones can help in maintaining focus and staying on track.
Provide Emotional Support
Working remotely can contribute to negative emotions that lead to loneliness. Business leaders should do everything they can to provide emotional support to workers. They should set the tone of the workday with a calm presence that will help employees get their work done.
In organisations that have gone remotely full-time, managers should be available most of the time to encourage and answer questions that may arise due to the present circumstances. Set working hours and be available on instant messaging apps during the workday.
Leaders should also encourage employees to take good care of themselves during the pandemic. This is especially important for workers who are trying to adjust to the new working environment.
Encourage Employees To Eat And Sleep
One of the benefits of working from home offers easy access to the kitchen. As soon as it’s time to break, most people head to the kitchen to grab some snacks. This practice is not good for anyone. Being on a healthy diet is essential for remote workers.
Therefore, you need to consume foods that boost your energy and help you function better. Those pizzas and burgers won’t help you much when it comes to proficiency. Some restrictions apply in the office. But at home, you are responsible for everything that gets into your mouth. You can easily improve your health by: Consuming energy-giving foods, leafy vegetables, carbohydrates, and proteins, ncluding berries, nuts, and fruits into your diet and drinking enough water. Consume nutritious foods every day because over-eating junk can lead to sluggishness and low productivity.
Another crucial activity that goes unnoticed while working remotely is your sleep pattern. Your sleep may get affected when you work remotely. However, maintaining a sleep schedule is essential if you want to deliver excellent results. Instead of binge-watching every day, you should, try going o to bed at the same time every day and getting at a minimum of six hours of sleep every night. Repeat until it becomes a habit
As you work from home, you might try getting some sleep during the day. However, it doesn’t add much. You should avoid oversleeping to start your day early. Working remotely can be demanding and it might keep you awake at odd hours. You should take short naps if this is the case.
Have A Morning And Evening Routine
People who tend to sleep late find it difficult to wake up early and prepare for work. Sleeping for less than six hours every night can make you feel irritated and confused. A cup of coffee can help in cheering up your mood, but this is not enough.
Sleep deprivation leads to a lack of focus. So, how can you solve this problem effectively? Having a morning and evening routine will improve your focus and reduce your stress levels. After a long day at your home office, you need to wind down. Remember, excessive work can lead to stress, anxiety, and burnout. You can consider chatting with your loved ones, cooking, gardening, or meditating for a couple of minutes after your workday.
Take Short Breaks
When you are working in the office, it’s common to look forward to breaks to relax and have a good time with your co-workers. However, the structure is quite different when working remotely. Working time can get easily mixed with breaks at home. Therefore, you need to set a time for breaks. Remember, overworking can drain your brain muscles. To avoid underworking or overworking, take regular breaks and do fun activities such as walking around, listening to music, or playing with your pet.
To leaders who are managing remote teams, we hope these tips will help you boost their productivity and satisfaction in the long run.
Author: Charlie Svensson – Professional Writer across an eclectic range of industries and sectors.
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