Are you ready for your remote employees to leave?
Employees have been advocating for quite some time that they should have more flexibility in their workplace. Eventually it came down to the fact that a very large number of people can now do their jobs remotely. However, don't think that on a large scale such work will always be successful. Of course, as time passes and technology advances, this trend will expand and become the norm everywhere. But for now, there is some possibility that some workers will want to leave their jobs, and you should prepare for that.
It's hard to keep track of your employees' well-being
When you're in the office, you can always talk to a person one-on-one, chat and find out how their day is going. This allows you to always know if your employee is motivated, what's on their mind and what they're doing at the moment.
When working remotely, this becomes much more difficult. Sure, you can have meetings all the time, but you probably won't be able to devote more than an hour of your time to them, and it will still just be a call with only the person's avatar in front of you. Let's say you have 6 employees - so you can only devote 10 minutes to each person. Of that time, most of it will be you talking, introducing the person to the work environment. When you don't see the person's face, you won't even know if he or she is dissatisfied with something or has some difficulty in the work process.
It won't be easy to get people back into the office, but you can try to make remote work as effective as possible for your team.
In remote work, people are all isolated from each other and have more independence. Sometimes they may feel like their contributions go unnoticed. To avoid this feeling, always remind people that they are professionals and you value their work.
Consider introducing a "monthly achievement" system. You can introduce your own schedule. The important thing is that you have a way for your team to highlight the best qualities of employees and their work. The goal in this case is not the same as a performance appraisal. The goal is to recognize the progress your team and individuals have made. This will allow you to evaluate all past contributions and figure out how you can move forward. Let it be known that you are grateful for the talent and work of your people.
2. Meaningful relationships
The stronger the community on your team, the more likely it is that people will feel part of something bigger and won't want to leave. A remote environment does make it harder to build strong relationships. People don't see each other often and the amount of time they work together is limited. Often they can't ask for advice if they have certain difficulties.
You have to do what you can to get a good level of contact, and show that you're paying attention to everyone. Don't always talk about business. Consider asking more personal questions, and asking about your subordinate's life and well-being. Ask them about their dreams and ambitions to get a sense of where the employee is headed. Strategies like these will allow you to get to know your team better.
Why is this important? Because great leaders really care about their people, and it's in your best interest that every individual succeeds. The work of a true leader is not only a team success, but also an opportunity to grow new leaders. The more you learn about a person, the more opportunities you will have to develop each other.
3. Don't take anything personally
There's this idea that people don't quit their jobs, but their bosses do. There is some serious truth in that. But sometimes the problems that arise in a person simply cannot have anything to do with you. Be calm and objective, so that you don't force yourself to make stupid decisions. Show your rationalism and get to the bottom of the problem. Your employees need to know that you are always there to help solve any situation.
In order to keep your team united, it is important that every element in it be happy.
Are there times when it is really better for an employee to leave? Absolutely. However, working remotely should not be an option where the majority of your team splits up. A happy team is the key to success that will give you the opportunity to grow in any circumstance. Make sure that you yourself feel great and are willing to keep up the morale of your employees. Emphasize their strengths and help them get rid of their weaknesses.
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