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Now that organizations know their employees will be working remotely for a while, it’s time to get focused on productivity. Please don’t take my comment as organizations shouldn’t be supportive, empathetic, and aware of the challenges that this new working arrangement presents. But helping the organization focus on work, goals, etc. could be exactly what employees want and need right now.
Accomplishing a goal feels good. Many of you know that Mr. Bartender and I recently moved into a new home. We’ve been using our shelter-in-place time to do a few projects around the house like organizing the garage and hanging some pictures. It’s amazing how excited we are to be accomplishing those projects.
The Workforce Institute at Kronos has written about employee productivity as well as remote work recently, so I wanted to share a few of their articles with you.
Even in times of disruption and uncertainty there are ways for managers to support the team and continue to deliver business goals. By setting clear expectations, keeping the lines of communication open, and consistently checking in with your employees, managers will be setting their teams up for success.
There is hardly an organization in the world that isn’t searching for additional productivity gains. With business operational costs on the increase and consumers watching their spending, we all need to focus on reducing costs and delivering more for less. One area to take a good look at for these savings is in our organizational structures. Over time, and rarely by design, our organization hierarchies have grown taller and thinner.
Resilience is defined as the ability to bounce back from challenge, recover from stress, and move forward and thrive. A 2016 Harvard Business Review survey identified the ability to adapt as the most important skill for companies undergoing a digital transformation—more important than technical knowledge, communication skills or even customer-focused problem-solving.
Maybe now is the time to let employees tackle a few of those items on their work ‘to-do’ lists. Simply ask employees to name one project they haven’t had time to work on in the office that they can do from home.
That way, when employees return to work, they’ve accomplished things. The organization can then celebrate how much they were able to achieve while working remotely.
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