Working from home has become the new norm for many people. For businesses and organizations that already had staff working from home, this transition has been easy. But for those working remotely for the first time, this shift has posed a challenge.
Below are some tips to help you manage your remote employees.
Stay in constant contact.
Communicating what needs to be done and when can be a little more challenging when staff are working from home, so it’s extra important to stay in constant contact. Talk to your employees to figure out what’s best for them:
- Maybe you have an employee who prefers to have quick calls daily about tasks each day.
- Perhaps setting up a phone or ZOOM call every other day works best for another.
- Connecting once a week Monday morning may be enough for another staff member to go over tasks for the week.
Be aware of boundaries.
Working from home can be a bit more flexible, especially in a situation like COVID-19, some of your employees may have their significant other working from home, along with their kids at home too. Discuss with your staff when it works best for them to connect with you. Be prepared to schedule earlier or later times for meetings and that they may change on the fly.
Know that some employees may undergo a feeling of social isolation.
Be aware that some of your staff members may have a harder time working from home because they miss workplace culture. Try setting up ZOOM meetings that are just meant for your employees to socialize with one another, helping your staff to feel more connected.
ZOOM sessions seem to be the go-to communication tool since the pandemic hit, but there are a lot more ways to keep in touch with your employees, especially if you need to communicate something quick:
- Have a phone call
- Other messaging apps like Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp
Ask for feedback.
You want to make sure that you are constantly reassessing what works and what doesn’t for communication with your employees. Ask your staff what they like or don’t like about the way you communicate with them. This will help to create better communication between you and your employee, which in turn will increase the efficiency of your business.
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Written by Sandra Toth, Marketing Coordinator, TorontoJobs.ca