2020 and 2021 have been a whirlwind for all, we have said goodbye to life as we know it and have had to adapt to the realisation that we are in a global pandemic and things may never be the same again.
With so much change and uncertainty in the world, how do we improve employee productivity and wellbeing?
For many, working from home has become the new normal. Most of us have not been in the office for over a year and it can be so easy to forget your employees when they are working from home.
Ensure you have a regular weekly meeting, the start of the week is always best, so plans are made for the week ahead and everyone knows what they are doing. This also gives employees the chance to connect and remember they are part of a team.
It’s crucial to pay attention to employees mental health during these times as well, burnout has risen in employee’s and the effects are being felt by all staff members!
With technology ever improving we can connect with almost anyone, anywhere in just a few seconds. There are many conferencing facilities to choose from such as; Zoom, Teams, WebEx etc.
Video call your employees or colleagues, have a coffee (or tea) and a chat. This does not have to be about work, many miss the social aspect of working in an office and being on your own can be a big change especially if you are a very sociable person and thrive on face-to-face contact. Your employees will feel more positive when they take time out of their busy day to stop to connect with their colleagues on a more personal level.
For some, working from home was already part of their routine, but for a large number of others, they had been thrown into the deep end. We’ve had to adapt and change the way we work and think.
Companies have made large investments into technology to enable their employees to work from home however technology is only good if you know how to use it. Whichever systems you use in your business, it’s vital you ensure your employees are fully trained and can use this to their advantage.
It’s a good idea to have a few internal users that are proficient in using the software and can jump in and help others when they need additional support.
This is a great idea to get your employees to connect as a team outside of work but whilst adhering to local COVID restrictions. You can arrange a virtual walk, recipe swap, trivia night or cooking event. There are a range of companies online that can help arrange this for you if you’re interested.
With these few small steps, we can ensure employees feel happier and are more productive. As things around them change, stability and being connected is key.