Supporting Remote Workers, Boosting Morale, and Looking to the Future
COVID-19 washed across the country like a tidal wave. The ripples that began in spring are gaining momentum as summer comes to a close. As the headlines darken with politics and pandemic news, employees across the country are finding it harder to focus on their jobs. It is affecting office culture and negatively affecting productivity. As such, company leadership needs to adopt forward-thinking strategies and implement practices that will help keep their employees on track because things are only going to get rougher as school starts and election season kicks into full swing.
Making Remote Work Less Remote
As of early June, Gallup determined that approximately 62% of Americans were working from home. However, most of these were new to extended remote work. While it was unique and novel, it is starting to feel like a grind where there is no separation between home/work life.
Some things your company can do to make it easier for remote workers to stay focused include:
- Celebrate the wins! Employees need positive news to focus on. When your company makes a big sale, reaches a milestone, or lands a new client, make sure that everyone gets the good news.
- Check on the work environment. Make sure your employees have a comfortable, properly equipped space to work in at home. If your company is in a position to do so, purchase chairs, desks, computers, etc. that your employees need to set up a dedicated workspace.
- Increase flexibility. As much as possible, make it possible for your employees to get their work done on a schedule that is as flexible as possible. This includes everything from allowing them to work odd hours to allowing them to work a 4-day workweek.
Provide Support for Parents
To go to school or not to go to school. That is the question that every parent in America is asking themselves right now. It is a tense discussion, and it is still very much undecided. Parents want to work, but they are also worried about their children's health. Employers can help ease the tension by letting parents know they support them and will stand by them, whatever they decide. Employers should devise plans that will make it possible for parents to work at home and manage children if schools go remote this fall.
Increase Virtual Bonding Opportunities
Communication is key to any successful business. In an era of remote work, virtual bonding is the best way to maintain a healthy office culture. Whether via Zoom, GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, etc., do more than just host meetings in the virtual space. Encourage virtual coffee breaks and set up a virtual lunchroom at dedicated times each day. Host game night or throw a virtual happy hour. Keeping your employees engaged with their colleagues will help them stay connected to one another.
Fix What Was Broken
COVID-19 did more to expose the flaws of company office culture and structure than every weekend retreat and corporate seminar in history. The pandemic exposed problems and deficiencies with everything from filing paperwork to the flow of ideas. Forward-thinking companies can take advantage of this by ditching what wasn't working and adapting new procedures and policies that are more flexible, expedient, and effective. Employees will notice this, and it will not only boost productivity, but it will also boost morale.
Are you wondering what you can do to maintain a healthy office culture during changing times? Contact the HR professionals at Greenlink Payroll at (480) 385-2525. Our team is ready to help your company adapt, evolve, and prosper in the years ahead.