Three Ways to Better Engage Employees in 2021

The coronavirus pandemic continues to challenge employers worldwide. Companies of all shapes and sizes continue to adjust, enact and embrace changes to their traditional structures, established protocols and standard procedures.

As workers are expected to continue to work in socially distanced office spaces and rotating shifts in 2021, the need for effective and efficient remote working protocols are paramount.

Companies are finding that more goes into working remotely than simply a laptop and charger. Organizations need to consider how they will track and report on the productivity of their employees and if they need to upgrade their servers, expand existing systems or purchase additional hardware to handle the required bandwidth for a remote workforce.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the top challenges and best solutions for managing your business and how to engage employees while continuing to work remotely.

Communicate with Employees

Working in a home environment can be tough. Many employees now find themselves in a unique situation requiring them to balance their typical job performance with the added responsibilities of parenting or not being able to interact with others.

To say this environment for employees is a stressful situation is an understatement. That is why it’s important for an employer to create and maintain an open line of communication with their team.

This may require managers to demonstrate patience with employees whose children may be seen in the background during meetings or whose babies are heard crying, or dogs barking. Showing that you empathize with their difficult situation will help you work with the employee to develop ways in which they can reduce or eliminate these types of distractions in the future.

Emphasizing the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance will be essential to retaining your top talent and maintaining their engagement.

Catering to Employee Individualization

Understanding how an employee completes their work and the timeframes they need is important to success when working remotely. Setting expectations and deadlines around certain tasks will keep the ball rolling when out of the office.

Additionally, it is vital to provide positive feedback when something was done correctly and constructive feedback when it was done incorrectly. This will allow for improvement and better standards moving forward.

These approaches will not only help the company move forward, but it will ensure further growth and success with the employee.

Frequent Meetings and Collaborative Opportunities

Employees will crave the interactions they had when they were in the office. By having frequent team meetings, team building activities or one-on-one meetings through video or phone calls, employees will feel more connected to their co-workers, their teams, and the overall organization.

The coronavirus pandemic has created a feeling of isolation and working from home has only further validated those feelings for many employees. By encouraging more frequent communication, management will help their team to maintain a sense of inclusion and normalization in today’s highly abnormal and intentionally isolating world.

Coming Out Better and Stronger

This pandemic has forced us all to face unique challenges. Today, business owners and the workforce are navigating these challenges to the best of their abilities.

We must recognize that we are all working toward a mutual goal of sustaining our economy and ensuring our futures beyond COVID-19.

Through empathy, understanding, and patience for one another we can emerge from this crisis together as better business leaders and stronger individuals.

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