COVID-19: 5 tips on remote employee management
Are your employees working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic? Here are 5 tips that will help you make the most of this situation and ensure that objectives are met.
1. Set realistic objectives
Prepare a list of essential tasks or activities and postpone everything that isn’t urgent.
Prepare a weekly plan and review your priorities regularly.
2. Be understanding
In a period of confinement, you can’t expect things to be business as usual.
Employees who are used to working from home are likely to be more efficient than those who aren’t. It’s important to accept changes in performance.
Employees who have young children at home will have problems executing their daily tasks and this could cause anxiety in some. These employees will need reassurance.
Rather than assigning a file to an employee who has a brood of attention-draining toddlers, split the workload among colleagues who are able to juggle telework and family. The advantages:
- The objective will be reached (i.e., the file will be processed).
- By delivering in such a way, all parties involved will feel useful.
- You will contribute to maintaining bonds between colleagues.
- Who knows, you might even stumble upon a new way of processing files that will be beneficial for all.
Help employees, for whom telework is a new reality, adapt to the situation and make sure they have the tools they need to succeed and feel productive.
When necessary, recommend solutions to improve the ergonomics of their improvised workstation. Not everyone has a dedicated office at home.
If you are concerned about them, call them regularly or encourage them to ask a trustworthy colleague for help.
Organize daily team videoconferences and give regular updates. It’s important to maintain contact with your employees and congratulate them for the work done.
4. Rally your troops
Organize health challenges like:
- Take a 30-minute walk – rain or shine
- Do 30 minutes of stationary bike – every day
- Do 30 minutes of yoga
- Prepare healthy meals – 3 times/week
- Ban chips and sweets during work hours
and reward those who do them.
Ask a family member – spouse or child – to keep tabs on your employee’s efforts and reward him or her as well.
Encourage your employees to take up the challenge as a family.
You’ll be helping set up conditions that will make teleworking a positive experience.
Organize virtual activities as well:
- A breakfast to start the day off right
- Coffee breaks to recreate office life
- A Friday happy hour to end the week on a high note
5. Take care of yourself
Although it’s important to take your role as manager seriously, it’s also important to take care of yourself. Don’t lose yourself in the process!