It’s no secret that workforces are becoming more decentralized. The pandemic forced companies to adopt remote work as the preferred model, and now that the crisis is winding down, studies are showing that flexible work arrangements are preferred moving forward. Working from home comes with its own unique set of challenges, though, and managers are charged with bolstering engagement and productivity in remote settings. What can be done? For one, check in frequently. Meetings should be concise and to the point, but one-on-one meetings with team members should occur regularly. Talk about what's going well, and what isn’t. Also, encourage employees to avoid interruptions and schedule work hours so their days don’t become cluttered with meetings. Help your employees celebrate their wins, and promote their overall well-being to reduce stress levels and prevent burnout. It’s the leader’s responsibility to show employees how they are making meaningful contributions to the team’s overall goal and help them manage their workloads and navigate their day-to-day tasks both in-person and remotely.
How to Foster Engagement and Boost Productivity in a Remote Environment