👀 Transparency and investment in communication
Harvard Business Review recently shared one of the most common challenges of remote work: lack of information. While you’ll want to keep the meetings to a minimum, the same cannot be said about the all-hands and town halls. Being transparent and communicative is crucial, and that goes for everything from setting up the company VPN to sharing long term goals. Remote work has presented a great opportunity for HR managers to anticipate employee needs, while staying hyper-organized. This requires that management and HR work closely together to properly train leaders and commit to keeping their distributed workforce up to date and involved in conversation.
👩🏼💻 Establish your company’s remote infrastructure
Now what does remote work mean for your unique organization? After you’ve developed your new workplace standards, you’ll want to invest in an internal communications process. That way, employees are aligned, empowered, and well-equipped to carry out the requirements of their jobs. Invest in identifying, then operationalizing, processes that will address the challenges of the distributed workforce i.e. getting visas, working across multiple time zones, and salary adjustments.
🖊 Define and embody your company culture
If the collective billions of left Tinder swipes has taught us anything, it’s that people crave substance. According to Gartner’s study workplace trends, employees of the future will “actively seek opportunities to tie their impact and value to their missions, purposes, and passions.” Make it a focus to define and communicate your company culture, while encouraging employees to share their own ambitions and visions for growth. With the help of management and HR leaders, every employee should know exactly what they’re working toward and at the very least, feel confident their concerns will be addressed and valued.
💆🏻♀️ Make humanness a priority
Check the pulse for burnout, and prioritize employee mental health. While it’s great to be at home, employees don’t want to be glued to their screens, losing their sense of boundaries and sanity. Empathy, encouragement, and emotional support are intangible, but priceless standards for keeping teams productive and creative. Research also shows us that employees look to their managers for cues on how to handle crises and other situations, so getting clear with management about how to navigate remote work by example is imperative.
👩🏼🔬 Embrace iteration and adaptability
This point may be last, but it is certainly not least. Nobody’s perfect, especially organizations that feel they’ve been thrusted abruptly into the new world of remote work. In transitioning to the decentralized workplace, companies should remain open minded and adaptable. Finding an established and experienced HR partner to guide you through these changing times will make the transition much smoother, while giving your company the capacity to focus on its bottom line. There’s a lot going on in this modern world, but through uncertainty comes resilience and creativity. After all, we survived 2020 didn’t we? So take a breath, and get that virtual meditation on the calendar.