Although some employers had already learned how to effectively manage remotely working employees prior to the pandemic, the majority had never been forced to allow most or all their workers to complete assigned tasks in this manner. Fortunately, as the year 2020 began passing by, human resource experts began discovering and refining new ways for companies to better manage such workers. These new approaches can help more workers gain the skills they need to produce quality work -- while not feeling isolated or robbed of all necessary input.
Recent surveys indicate that while far too many young workers are now unemployed due to the pandemic – others who still have jobs and work remotely are feeling anxious, depressed, and burnt out. At this time, all employees must develop new coping mechanisms to keep their work life at home separate from their family’s needs and a variety of other new concerns.
Savvy employers now realize that they must help their workers stay focused and feel like they are part of a team – so they can remain creative and timely complete their projects.
Here are some useful tips to help your company better manage your remote force so they can remain productive – while still meeting new customer demands as they develop.
Remote workers need a strong sense of structure and connected support to succeed
If one team of workers has been uniquely productive, you might note that everyone is still doing good work—especially Team X. It is important to praise deserving workers, while also helping everyone feel strongly connected to each other – even when they are all still working from home.
Whenever possible, when good work is being done, thank individual employees for their trustworthy output and helpfulness. Also, be sure to add links at the bottom of all emails to your company’s online (or hard copy) employee handbooks regarding work standards, employee reviews, and various employee benefit programs.
Whenever it is deserved, be sure to offer positive feedback to every worker, naming which specific assignments were handled exceptionally well. Likewise, if a worker is consistently turning in poor work quality, you must note these problems in your records, and schedule one or more private face-time meetings to discuss what is going on – before every trying to fire someone.
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