While working remotely can be a challenge, here’s how to make it a positive experience for your employees.
1. Create a Sense of Normalcy
When our world turns upside down, sometimes we instinctively abandon anything that resembles the way we’ve been DOING things. If you actively resist this tendency, your people will be better for it.
If certain meetings were on the CALENDAR before, keep them there unless they truly cannot happen in a virtual format.
2. Sustain Momentum on People Initiatives
Taking your focus off employee DEVELOPMENT in the midst of this crisis would be like putting a blindfold on a pilot about to land an aircraft in the middle of a lightning storm.
Remind your people that they are VALUABLE! With fear and doubt crossing your employee’s minds, the last thing they need is for leaders to lose sight of the runway right when it matters most.
3. Enable Deeper Connection
You may end up onboarding new members of your team as remote workers. This means they will shape their opinion of the organization based on VIRTUAL INTERACTIONS with you and their teams.
Deliberately plan ‘getting to know you’ video chats to create REAL CONNECTIONS between new and existing team members.
4. Virtual Lunch N’ Learn
While we may not be able to sit across the table at lunch anymore, we can still eat “together” using technology
while we DISCUSS a topic of interest or just get to know each other better.
5. Engage People With Better Listening
Once employees transition to working remotely, the “out of sight, out of mind” paradox kicks in. The HEALTHY CHATTER that keeps people interested throughout the workday is difficult to replicate in the virtual world but not impossible.
Ask employees what they think about, what NEW IDEAS they have, or what keeps them up at night in their chaotic new reality. This will allow you to prioritize your efforts and help your people feel heard.