There’s no running away from the fact that all of us are sifting through the biggest experiment in remote working. Although this idea was hailed as “the future of businesses,” now it has become a part of popular culture. However, due to the growing debate over work home and its association with mental health, employers need to provide adequate support to the employees. Here are a few ways, companies can encourage their workforce:
Be Flexible With the Working Hours
Now that employees are working from home, you need to understand, they are working from within their comfort zone. Therefore, it isn't fair enough to expect them to be hands-on with work and stuff. For instance, if your employees used to report to the office at 8 am, now you need to allow them flexible working hours.
After all, when one is working from home, it becomes hard to not give attention to the house chores. Therefore, while focusing on online team building, allow everyone to enjoy flexible working hours.
Listen and Be Agile
After considering feedback, listening to everyone and reacting to what they have to say is important. After all, unless you don’t firmly listen to the concerns of the employees, it will be hard for them to focus on their tasks. The only way an employer can work in the favor of their team is by listening to them. Therefore, as a CEO or manager, you need to understand the needs of your people.
Whether it's less or more flexibility or social interactions, support is vital to ensuring that everything is going in the right direction. Therefore, as soon as you implement a new policy, ensure to ask for feedback.
Maintain Regular Contact
No wonder, social distancing has eradicated the chances for group meetups apart from the workplace. Now that COVID 19 is here to stay, it is hard to know when everything will come back to normal again. However, because technology is all over the place, you can leverage it in your best interest. As a manager, you must get in touch with everyone and maintain regular contact with them.
This way, they will understand the importance of maintaining a strong relationship with everyone at work, despite the social insularity.
If employees are the most valuable asset of your business (like they usually are), maintaining company culture is paramount. So now is the test of your values as a leader and a business owner. In other words, employees will be looking for the leaders to respond, so if handled properly, this will ensure the longevity of every stakeholder of your business. If you don’t know, culture is highly dependent on the values that need employee recognition.
Even small but meaningful actions can create a big difference to any business out there. Now that the hiring culture has changed, most companies will be hiring employees whom they would have never met in person.