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Employees who work from home face the challenge of overworking as a result of the blurred work-home boundaries. Remote work may also keep employees in the dark because it is easy to fall out of the loop when working alone.
Fremont, CA: It is no longer news that the coronavirus pandemic has thrown the corporate world into disarray, causing long-term changes. Creating a work-from-home structure was one such change that business leaders and HR managers implemented to adapt work to the new normal. With many cities still restricting activities to prevent the spread of the virus, many employees have resorted to remote work to keep the business running. However, because it is no longer business as usual in these unprecedented times, business leaders must redesign strategies to keep employees engaged in the new model.
Although remote work may appear to be enjoyable because it allows one to work from the comfort of one's own home and away from the scrutiny of your bosses, the reality is quite different. Many employees believe that the new work model has introduced new challenges that may have a negative impact on productivity and engagement.
Employees who work from home face the challenge of overworking as a result of the blurred work-home boundaries. Remote work may also keep employees in the dark because it is easy to fall out of the loop when working alone. This heightens employees' concerns and fears about the future of their jobs and whether they will be laid off in the near future. Add to this a slew of tasks to complete and a lack of appropriate tools, and one will see commitment and productivity dwindle in remote work models.
What then can employees do to enhance employee engagement and productivity in these unparalleled times?
Equip and Educate
To meet the new work demands, the new work model necessitates the acquisition of new tools and resources. To maximize productivity, one must reinvent and assist employees in navigating changing times. One must provide one's employees with resources and opportunities for upskilling through online courses, webinars, online courses, and other channels to help them stay on track with their tasks and goals. For workers who are just getting into the swing of remote work, provide them with the right resources and technology to make the process easy. Provide information about and access to ergonomic workstations to ensure workers are at their best when working. Also, provide the requisite training for workers on how to use these tools to complete their work tasks. Working in isolation means that workers may find it difficult to embrace and understand new work tools and technology, but if you walk them through it beforehand, it smoothens workflow and helps employees complete their tasks faster.
Business owners also need to pay attention to the unique needs of their employees. Those that are struggling with remote work or those struggling with mental health problems, for instance, should be provided with the required assistance. This is where business leaders can leverage employee assistance programs (EAPs) to provide the needed assistance and help your workers get back on track.
Open Communication Channels
Communication is more important than ever in the workplace. With the coronavirus pandemic driving global economies to new lows, many employers have gone out of business, and employees have been laid off or furloughed. Remote employees see and hear these things, and they are filled with dread and anxiety about their future employment. In such circumstances, no employee can give their all at work.
Furthermore, since the outbreak began, people all over the world have become more concerned about their health, waiting for the latest guidelines on how to stop the spread of the outbreak. Preventing COVID-19 infection is a top priority for employees returning to on-site work, and not knowing what measures are in place to prevent workplace transmission may cause unnecessary anxiety.
As a result, communication is central to employee engagement in this new era. Provide regular updates and information about a company's future, goals, and strategies for mitigating the effects of the pandemic. This increases employees' trust and commitment.