Working Remotely? Here are four tips on how you can increase the productivity of your team!
Now more than ever, employers and employees have had a huge change to their typical workplace dynamic. Instead of coming into the office, employees are now working from home. Maybe you find that because of this new normal, employee productivity could use a little boost. Here are our 4 top tips on ways to increase productivity for remote working employees!
1. Recommend that your employees find a location that triggers work and helps them maintain focus!
This tip requires you and your employees to get out of bed… I know it’s hard. It is so easy to stay in your pajamas and bring your laptop into your cozy sanctuary. I am telling you, do not do it. When working from home, you need to create a clear and concise separation from work life and home life. There needs to be a balance between these two and boundaries must be set. Your bed is for relaxing and sleeping – let’s keep it that way.
With that being said, take this time to find a space in your house where you can fully focus on work and where you can gather inspiration. Picture this: You have your morning coffee, planner, and you’re at your new desk located near a window for some direct sunlight. Don’t forget to add a corner office plant that you can water every morning before work! This area of productivity needs to help to set the stage for your morning routine to get you excited about your workday!
Uplift your employees by inspiring them to share their photos of their new workspace and how they are adjusting to remote working. You can even send everyone a planner with the company logo to insure an organizational boost!
2. Encourage everyone to come up with their plan and check-in daily!
Now that our employees have created that office space – they have to schedule their hours and plan their day. Dale Carnegie states, “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” Oftentimes, the most important things are not the easiest. Remind your employees to tackle that hard project first and cross that off the list. It’s not easy, so make sure to show your appreciation for their hard work as well.
3. Set aside time every week to video conference to discuss questions/plans.
It is a hard adjustment when you aren’t a short walk away from answering any questions or concerns. However, don’t let that be an excuse. You may not be physically present, but you should act like it. This time will allow you to work on these communication skills and really develop an open level of communication. It is crucial to set aside a time to allow video-conference calls and even weekly meetings to get everyone on board. The lack of face-to-face communication and information may make employees feel uneasy, it is your job to stay on top of it and promote that environment while still being remote.
4. Remember to be flexible and support your employees.
This is a difficult time that requires adjustment on all ends from employee to management. Remember to be flexible with your employees and listen to any concerns they may have.
We could all use a boost in productivity during these times! These 4 simple tips could help you and your employees adapt to the change in the world and inspire them to create their best content from their new and improved office space!