For the foreseeable future, the dining room is your office, work is home, and home may even be school. In all the upheaval, it can be hard for employees to stay focused, let alone achieve the fabled work-life balance.
Here’s what business leaders and managers can do to make work easier and life more manageable – and even foster productivity, innovation, and well-being, now and for the long haul.
It can be hard to remember the pre-pandemic work environment, with its reliable levels of routine and control. Today, employees and managers alike are at home juggling Zoom calls, homework help, and vital support for our friends, family, and communities. Remember to always lead with empathy, patience, and understanding. Listening to each other and sharing resources can go a long way toward keeping us all safe, healthy, and productive.
Communication and trust
Communication is the foundation for a successful remote workforce. Schedule regular communications, both one-on-one and with the larger team, to keep employees informed and connected.
Technology that supports
Give employees the tech they need to succeed at their jobs. Assess the security, reliability, and performance of every tool.
Client support and business impact
To keep meeting your operational and financial goals, keep measuring productivity. Consider adding customer surveys to make sure you’re delivering what customers need.
Planning for the future
However much we miss pre-pandemic life, we’ll be living in the new normal for a while longer. Smart organizations are mapping out actionable goals, next moves, and technology investments that can evolve along with their employees, organizations, and business models.
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