With the Covid-19 Pandemic around, we have seen many companies, businesses taking the remote work from home option.
Companies and Entrepreneurs have an extra responsibility of being present for their team and employees by being virtually connected.
Physical and mental wellbeing takes the lead in connecting with employees and teams apart from working.
Would Productivity decrease with teams working remotely?
In what ways can we connect with people and ensure they work efficiently?
How do we keep the businesses going in this fashion?
Well, Productivity while working from home has always been a challenge irrespective of the current pandemic or not. I have been working from home as a Freelancer and then Digital Marketing Professional since 3 years and being Productive was a challenge initially.
There are ways or a certain atmosphere needs to be setup to be Productive in the work assigned to us.
Let me highlight a few Tips and steps to be Productive while working from home especially during the Pandemic-
1. Connect with your team members and employees on their well-being-
Well, first things first- Make sure you connect with your team members and enquire about their health, their family’s well-being. This has to be done periodically and ensure you provide the ease of accessibility.
If you have more number of employees, make a group of 5 members and assign a group member who will periodically be in touch with the members. You can then have the group member to reach out to you for any specific concerns.
2. Ensure they have the necessary resources–
Few of your team members may not have all the infrastructure to be able to work from home without any hassles.
Ensure the infrastructure is provided to them by making use of company funds-
- Equipment, Laptop, Company Gadgets
- Access to Tools and Apps
- Internet Connectivity
3. Establish Communication forums and channels with the team–
Make sure there is a ease of connecting with your team on channels; it could be video-conferencing platforms, messaging/chat platforms or as simple as a Voice call. You could probably inform the team members on the forums being used before hand so that they can set up their account. In certain fields, a dedicated communication platform would be necessary for the work, so the company can provide for and also give access to the teams.
A pre-defined schedule for the week can be shared with the teams so that meetings and work can be easily adhered to.
4. Make the Team members / Employees accountable–
Monotonous work may not help gain the right results. Ensure the team is empowered and equipped enough to handle multiple tasks. This could be rewarding for team members as they would learn and work on the job.
Also, accountability matters and also increases the responsibility of the team which ensures productivity.
5. Enable access to learning modules–
Certain businesses may need people with new skills, the current scenario surely helps the existing team members to upgrade their skills. Businesses/ Companies should provide the necessary access to learning modules and can also help the team members to boost their skills and career.
6. Conduct webinars or sessions on physical and mental well-being–
Mental and Physical well-being is the need of the hour. Ensure periodic sessions on inner well-being is conducted as online workshops or sessions. This would help the employees to express and understand the need of inner well-being in their lives. This would surely help them to be better human beings and hence be better professionals.
7. Hold team building or feedback sessions every 10 days or periodically-
Having feedback sessions with employees or teams helps to get an idea on how everyone is doing and also on the issues / challenges being faced by the team. Also, team building sessions can be conducted online to increase the morale of the employees and it is also a chance to connect with fellow team members apart from just work.
8. Inform about necessary Tips on Health-
Ensure that your employees are aware about the Safety precautions during this Pandemic. A company can connect with a Covid Warrior online to help them be aware and protocols exercised during this Pandemic.
9. Ensure your team has a daily productive routine–
Apart from Physical health, mental health is if much importance today, ensure you provide necessary Tips for a Productive Routine. You can check out my 5 Steps for a Productive Routine out here!
10. Engage with a Buddy-
One thing companies or businesses can do is, they can help each employee with a buddy in the company. This would ensure the buddies are constantly in touch with eachother and can also help in growing together through this pandemic and work productively as well!
So, I hope this post helped in you in some way.
I truly hope we all take care of eachother’s well-being in the company or business that we are in especially during this COVID-19 Pandemic.
You can reach out to me if you have any more suggestions on increasing Productivity while working from home. You can also check out my post on 10 Tips to be Productive while working from home!