I’m struggling with the isolation and remote-only work. As an extreme extrovert – by definition – I gain energy from being around people. Perhaps you’re the same as me. The remote environments created because of the coronavirus and social distancing means that teams need to put in extra work to stay connected – while also staying productive.
This means ensuring meeting time is efficient, collaboration is silky smooth, leaders are transparent, and morale is high.
Here’s some advice…
Not all of us are used to this new work lifestyle. Some common complaints among folks who work remotely full-time include struggles with communication, lack of social opportunities compared to office staff, and feelings of loneliness and isolation. I’m sure we’re all starting to feel all three of those. But we must remember that 1) this too shall pass, and 2) we need to be as productive as possible during this period.
Some organizations are better at adopting and utilizing video conferencing more than others. However, during this time, we’re all being forced to use it for ALL meetings and calls. There are certainly differences between good video meetings and bad ones. We’ve all been in both. Let’s look at a few things that make some positive video experiences.
There is so much software out there to help with collaboration and connectivity. Choose the right tools to help your organization and lean on them to make your teams stronger and work better. It’s important that all within the company use the same set of software and there’s training involved to make sure everyone is aware of their full functionality and capabilities.
There’s a lot of confusion and uncertainty right now. Employees have questions, and they are worried about the impact of coronavirus on the company and their own personal role within. Company leaders must help employees across the entire workforce feel as positive as possible during this difficult time. There needs to be transparency at all times.
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, you need to help staff stay positive and encourage team members to have fun. There’s too much stress surrounding this virus. Plus, all the smiles and laughs that we all have when we interact in-person in the office, are just simply not happening. It’s important to keep team members engaged virtually while keeping topics and the atmosphere light at times.
Despite the challenges that come with these circumstances, it’s important that you and your team stay engaged. It may take a little time getting used to, but having good practices around a work-from-home environment and video conferencing will help your team stay connected, involved and ultimately more productive. Remember to stay positive and we’ll get through this together!