Updated: Sep 7, 2022
It’s understandable that after going through multiple lockdowns, the thought of remote working may trigger fear of loneliness or isolation for some employees. However, for others remote working has become the new way of life and has fostered a better work life balance. My question today is can remote working have a positive impact on the way in which we communicate with our teams?
Keeping an open door policy when working remotely
When it comes to remote working, are we ‘changing’ the way we work or ‘adapting’? The word ‘change’ can create a fear of the unknown, however when we ‘adapt’ we simply make suitable adjustments in how we do things.
Now more than ever people are feeling the need to be heard. Keeping an open-door policy with colleagues may seem tricky when remote working, but it is absolutely doable! Ensure your colleagues/employees are able to make time to talk to one another, as well as with their managers. Create specific times for ‘general check in’s’ with employees, whether the conversation is work other wise related. This can only serve to improve and foster relationships between people, and promote organisational commitment.
Encourage a team meeting without a work focus
It is probably one of the most missed features of working in the office, having company and being able to talk with colleagues. Forbes report that up to a quarter of all employees, who have begun remote working since the pandemic, feel lonely and isolated. Although teams are physically separated when working from home, why not encourage a virtual meeting where the focus isn’t work related? Allow colleagues to take time to connect with each other as they would if they were in their office environments. Communicating, empathising and relating to our peers are all elements that make us human! Keeping this in mind when working remotely is so important in order to nurture employee wellbeing.
Go back to the good old days
While it’s important we stay productive and keep connected, it’s also valuable to have some screen free time when working remotely. Going back to the good old days and simply taking a pen to paper is a great way of encouraging employees to stay focused without the need to sit at their screen or be on endless Zoom, Teams or phone meetings. Taking regular breaks away from your screen to complete a mind map, or sketch a plan, even just for 30 minutes can increase productivity. It lowers the urge to reply to an incoming email, or take a call, keeping your focus the task in hand. We don’t NEED our computers all the time.
Regular communication is vital when working and managing remotely. It is important for employees to feel they can still voice opinions freely (albeit virtually), plus keep connected with team members. However it is also important to remember to take that time away from our screens keeping us focused and productive 😊. For help with managing your company's hybrid strategy, why not reach out to us at Health of Business? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.