The world of work has changed drastically over the past few years. With a coronavirus pandemic, we’ve all had to adapt and pivot in some way or another- from working remotely for many jobs that were once desk based at home offices on our own time with flexible schedules as well as advances such smartphones which allow us access 24/7 anywhere there’s Wi-Fi coverage so long as you have an internet connection! While this new reality may seem daunting now looking around traditional office spaces fulltime where people sit face to face.
HR teams have found the sudden shift to remote working more difficult than most. While many office-based roles can easily adapt, people-focused jobs like HR may require face time and will likely take longer for their abilities in this area of work if they decide not only work remotely but also manage issues that arise on an ongoing basis without any physical contact whatsoever between employee/company representatives.
HR specialists will be key in helping your teams through these times. The best way is by providing them with the right tools and information so they can do their job effectively from anywhere at any time!
Businesses that fail to communicate with their employees are doomed for failure. The current climate of remote working makes it easy to feel distant from one’s teams and colleagues, but this can easily be avoided by setting the standard on how comms within your organization should work – starting at HQ, where appropriate tools like Slack help keep everyone informed about what’s going down across different regions or departments without having an unnecessary tie between them. This would only serve to cause frustration when projects don’t go accordingly plan because no single person knows everything.
While tools such as Slack have long been around, encouraging a hub that fosters employee engagement with constant flow and drive of conversation (serious or otherwise!) can help people feel like they’re still close in on their projects while also being able to keep an eye out for any issues amongst other employees who may need attention; this way if there are problems downstream someone will be able raise them right away instead waiting until after things get worse!
We know that sometimes the best way to get a message across is through person-to-person communication. Don’t let your employees feel left out or unheard; provide them with an opportunity for input by letting them take part in meetings as well!
Hold regular team events
Virtual teams need to get creative if they want the same casual office environment that was once available only in person. One way is by having remote bake-offs where participants try making something following one specific theme, such as immunity against diseases or nutrition for your morning cup of joe (coffee).
We all miss the background music that played in our office buildings, but how about curating a remote playlist for teams to share what they’re listening too? Some companies have been hosting virtual movie nights and listening parties or even wellness classes.
Feedback is Crucial
It’s important to encourage feedback. Tying in with the increased need for communication benchmarks, it is crucial that we allow time for colleagues who are trying new things or have questions about how something works so they can share their thoughts and concerns without feeling like there isn’t enough room left over on your end of conversation just yet!
The best way to improve company culture is by encouraging employees who are not in the same office all day long to connect. One of these ways may be utilizing methods and tools such as surveys for managers, which could provide feedback from their team on what needs improvement or how they feel about certain aspects like:
- communication with other staff members
- workloads/allocations (including location)
- recognition awards ceremonies etcetera!
By following up this information we can see if there’s anything specific going wrong during work hours, so it doesn’t affect our productivity levels – workers are 85% more effective when working remotely, according to studies done recently!
Well-being and mental health
Mental health is a particularly important aspect of one’s life in both normal and stressful times. In the US alone, millions lose their jobs due to stress and anxiety each year from work-related issues. Events like these often lead struggling workers into depression or other mental illnesses that can only be treated by spending time focusing on oneself, which can be harmful to other factors in your life if you can’t afford to take some time away for yourself; for example, increasing debt or losing your home because it has been foreclosed upon.
If you’re looking for an edge when managing remote workers, consider hiring coaches who specialize specifically with this issue.
Managers should encourage their employees to have catch ups outside the topic of work. Set up time for a “virtual water cooler” where you can discuss how they are feeling and other matters that aren’t related just doing everyday tasks at your job all day long! Also sponsor fitness activities in office spaces or offer mindfulness apps like Headspace so people take breaks throughout way too much stress while working on projects instead!!
In today’s world, we need to encourage a separation between work and life. With remote working it can be quite easy to not know when your “clock off time” is because there isn’t always someone else around for company at the office–you’ll find yourself checking emails late into evening after returning from an eventful day on-the-go!
So, make sure you take some breaks throughout each shift whether they’re few minutes here or 10 hours over there; and don’t forget about the little yet important things that will keep your mental health afloat during both normal and stressful times.
Your colleagues should be encouraged to set alarms for their breakout times each day and take time away from desks just as you would in a standard office environment.
Break the mould with Remote HR
While there are many considerations to consider when running HR from home in the modern work environment, we believe it is important not only think outside of your own backyard but also consider how different circumstances may affect others on a team. Challenging times call for creative solutions – don’t be afraid! Get in touch with our team of expert consultants to see how you can take advantage of a fully remote HR system