Managers, Here’s How to Help Remote Workers

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This is an outstanding question! Working from home, according to some, can have a detrimental influence on business culture and employee disengagement. I won’t lie: if the company doesn’t make an attempt to engage employees, it might. However, in many circumstances, this employment arrangement is a chance. During this period of remote employees working from home and sheltering in place, there are two things to keep in mind.

Provide remote workers with the resources they require to do their tasks.
Consider this scenario in two parts. To begin, employees require resources in order to complete their tasks. It might be anything from technology to software to office supplies. Basically, people require the amenities that the workplace gives. I’ve heard of businesses enabling employees to take their computers home with them. Managers should do regular check-ins with staff to ensure that they have all they require. If they don’t, the firm might be able to provide them with a small stipend to purchase office goods online. Alternatively, someone may assemble some office supply boxes and distribute them to staff. Bottom line: find out how to get remote employees the tools they need to work and turn it into an engagement opportunity.

“Really?” I’m sure some of you are thinking. Isn’t it only a matter of giving staff staplers and paperclips?!” And “yes” is the answer for some employees. Remote employees, under normal conditions, have time to set up an office. COVID-19 compelled us to make quick judgments, and personnel were unable to plan in advance. Remember rule 32 from the film “Zombieland”: “Enjoy the small things.” It will assist you in maintaining your sanity. And your team’s participation.

But, when I talk about tools and resources, technology is at the top of the list. Some workers may not have access to a desktop computer at home. There’s a chance they don’t have access to the internet. And even if they do, their equipment and internet may not be cutting-edge or speedy. That’s not the case at work. As I previously stated, studies show that requiring employees to spend a significant amount of time devising workarounds due to a lack of adequate technology can lead to stress and burnout.

Assist remote employees with their well-being.
The second section is about emotional assistance. Working from home, in my experience, leaves you feeling alienated. That will delight some of your staff. Others, on the other hand, aren’t so keen. Managers must schedule time to talk with remote staff on work initiatives, as well as general “how are you doing?” and “what can I do to help you?” questions. This happens in many workplace contexts in tiny 5-minute discussions throughout the day. It will have to be a little more deliberate now.

Encourage staff to take care of themselves at this period. Make it clear to staff that you are aware of their difficulties. Families spend the entire day together. Take a time to absorb it. Employees work while their children are educated at home. They are unable to see their parents or grandparents. There will be no birthday celebrations or anniversaries. It’s probable that we’ll be alone during religious holidays like Easter and Passover, which are generally extended family celebrations. Perhaps now is a good moment to form some (virtual) employee affinity groups.

I honestly don’t believe I know all of the answers. Who do you think would be interested? Your workers. Inquire with workers about how HR can best assist them at this time. HR might use a platform like Zoom to conduct training sessions. This might be an ideal opportunity to do virtual lunch and learn seminars on topics such as social media or management development. Create a book club or have some “coffee conversations.”

The idea (and the problem) is to be present enough so workers know you’re there for them, but not so much that all of your extracurricular activities obstruct your ability to do your job. It is, without a doubt, a delicate balance. Asking staff what they require – even if they are unsure – will assist to initiate the dialogue. It will also engage your workers by including them in strategic planning.