6 Tips to Boost Your Remote Employees Productivity
There is no doubt coronavirus (COVID-19) has drastically affected businesses and workplaces. Most of the companies across the world started encouraging the team to work from home. While many employees are already working remotely, most managers and employees are still following the same prototype work shifts.
In this system of remote work (work from home) there is more distraction, less natural interaction with the team members and more social isolation, which can impact the productivity of the organization. To overcome these challenges employees should explore new ways to manage and collaborate with team members and find different ways to interact with each other.
We can implement various ideas and changes to boost the productivity of this remote work system. Here are six points which we can keep in mind for boosting the productivity of remote employees.
1. Implement daily check-ins
In this current scenario of work from home, the team members and manager are not connected face to face as it used to be before covid-19. So, daily check-in routine is an important way to set priorities and encourage connections. Morning check-in can be done via video chats, phone call or instant message and they can be one-on-one or held in small groups. Furthermore, implementing daily check-ins can make employees more responsible towards their job.
2. To provide employee with technology and productivity tools
Providing employees with technology and productivity tools is important as it can help them in achieving their objectives whilst maintaining a smooth workflow throughout the process. These includes project management tracking apps such as, Asana and Air tables, chat/messaging apps such as, Microsoft team and video conferencing apps such as, Zoom and Google Hangout.
Providing teams with these modern technology and productivity tools, allows managers and employees to stay on the same page while working remotely and helps teams boost their productivity and connectivity.
3. Encourage team to create a dedicated workplace
Before covid-19 employees never needed a dedicated workspace at home, but under the current circumstances, it is essential to encourage employees to try and create a home office space which separated from the communal space.
Dedicated workspace can help employee free from distractions by the surrounding. During covid schools are too having online sessions due to which children most of the children are at home. So, this kind of workspace will create more dedication toward office work.
4. Dressing for work
It may not sound important to be dressed up well for work for home, but it will help employees to be more productive as it can help them stimulate the feeling of being present in an office. Dressing appropriately, even for remote work can also help us to feel fresh for the start of a new day and allows us to look presentable throughout the day for meeting and video calls.
5. Providing emotional and mental support to the remote employees
Working from home contributes to loneliness and depression caused by the pandemic. Employers should always take necessary steps to provide emotional support to their employees. Managers and leaders should create a safe space where employees can open up about their emotional and mental conditions without any hesitation. They should encourage regular exercise and a self-care attitude to ensure the physical and mental well-being of their employees.
Furthermore, employers can provide employees with mental health facilities like therapy services, workshops and more to help them overcome any emotional or mental problems.
6. Team building and normal interaction with the remote employees
In present circumstance where people are working miles away from each other, it’s very significant to keep them connected. Personal interaction within the team plays a substantial role to build a progressive working atmosphere. The conversation apart from work always helps to set a healthier environment among the employees.
Non work interactions like, discussing the current affairs, news, hobbies etc. May help them to relieve their stress and work more productively. Time to time social online events should be organized for the remote employees. This way we can build a strong and productive team.
Understanding the challenges involved remote working is a key to its success. We are all aware of the fact that ‘Healthy mind lives in healthy body’ it is therefore important to strike a balance between mental, physical, social and professional approaches to increase the productivity of remote workers.