Many people have been working from home since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. While working remotely saves employees from stressful commutes and helps businesses save money, it also poses a few challenges. For instance, some employees may have issues collaborating with their colleagues. Others may find it difficult to separate their work and home lives.
Unfortunately, as cases rise again due to the Omicron variant, your employees will have to continue working from home. Let’s take a look at some things you can do to improve their remote work experience.
1. Communicate clearly and regularly
Lack of proper communication can lead to remote employees feeling isolated from the rest of the team. Managers may also find it difficult to determine if a team member needs extra support.
You can avoid such scenarios by adopting an open-door policy, wherein remote employees can always contact you to ask questions about their job. You can also set up monthly video conferences to check in on employees and update them about the latest company developments. This is the perfect time for them to voice their concerns and ideas.
2. Don’t micromanage
Avoid micromanaging at all costs, as it will only make your employees feel that you do not trust them.
Instead of asking for updates multiple times a day, consider using cloud-based project management tools like Trello or Asana. These tools allow you to monitor your team's projects and their progress through an intuitive dashboard.
You should still of course check in with your staff once or twice a week to find out if there are any issues and set clear objectives for the week.
3. Recognize your employees’ hard work
Giving recognition to employees often leads to increased job satisfaction, which can motivate them to increase output and produce higher-quality work.
Team meetings are the perfect opportunity to praise and recognize your hard-working employees. You can also use cloud tools like Small Improvements and Nectar to highlight employees’ achievements. Seeing their colleagues' accomplishments on such platforms may encourage others to strive to do their best at work.
4. Offer learning opportunities
Enhancing existing skills can transform ordinary employees into stellar ones. Encourage your workers to take online courses and attend webinars relevant to their jobs to help them improve their knowledge and perform better at work.
5. Look out for the signs of remote work burnout
Remote work burnout is the feeling of being mentally drained, overwhelmed, and stressed out while working from home. Its symptoms may include:
- Feeling guilty for working too much or too little
- Constantly checking work notifications
- Ignoring things one normally loves to do
- Ignoring friends and family
- Panic attacks
- Lack of concentration
During your one-on-one meetings with your employees, ask them questions and observe their expressions and body language to see if they’re manifesting any of the aforementioned signs. If they are, see what kind of support they need and work with them on developing solutions that can result in effective work output and improved well-being. Finally, share resources on how they can manage remote work burnout.
6. Promote work-life balance
Because your employees are working at home, they have to perform their job while also dealing with personal matters, which can be stressful. That’s why you need to encourage a healthy work-life balance among the team.
One way to do this is by allowing them to work during their preferred shifts. This frees them up to do their personal errands and schedule a time when they can work productively. As long as they can complete their tasks on time and effectively collaborate with their colleagues, having flexible work schedules should not be a problem.
Additionally, remind your employees to use their vacation days. Taking a day off from work not only helps improve productivity and efficiency at work, but it also enhances physical and mental health, and strengthens family relationships.
Another effective way to support your employees is by ensuring that they have all the digital solutions they need to work efficiently. NetQuest can help by providing cutting-edge cloud solutions and proactive IT maintenance. Contact us today to get the services and solutions your remote workers need.