During this period of global uncertainty, the ability to work remotely has never been so necessary. Here are a few tips to help your team remain safe, connected and productive.
According to ComputerWeekly.com, over 38% of remote workers in the UK believe their home-working setups require urgent improvement to maintain productivity during the COVID-19 outbreak. In these modern times, many businesses were forced into remote working effectively overnight due to national lockdown measures.
Here are a few tips to help your team remain safe, connected and productive.
Pressures at home, particularly for parents, may dictate that they are unable to work standard office hours. Perhaps working in the evening, over the weekend, or irregular hours would be more convenient. It can be difficult to create boundaries between work and home life while working from home, and this is especially true given the current circumstances. Be accommodating to the individual needs of your team; discuss and agree on expectations from the outset wherever possible.
Tools such as Microsoft Teams, Trello, or Slack are valuable in establishing effective communication and collaboration.
Practical, timely communication is vital to help your workforce feel informed and supported by the organisation. Providing a hub of information on measures the business is taking to prepare and protect employees will help, as well as detailing any financial or wellbeing services offered. Managers should ensure they are checking in regularly with their direct reports, to see how they are doing and provide additional support.