Remote working is the biggest trend (or outcome) of 2020. There are so many great benefits to remote working, including greater employee productivity, performance and retention. Let’s be honest, who really misses that hour long commute? While working remote is great for the most part, it’s important not to ignore potential disadvantages – like employee burnout.
Technologies Northwest wants to ensure your business stays profitable, that’s why our team came up with a handful of practical solutions to support your team’s well-being.
1. Lead by Example
Realize that you, the business owner, are in charge of setting expectations regarding employee satisfaction. Do you want your employees to take a lunch break every day? That means you need to take a lunch break every day. Do you want your employees to only respond within business hours? You need to take the lead here too. Setting clear expectations and then following them will not only show that you care about your team’s well being, it will show them that you are all in this together.
2. Create a Safe Environment
Now that you’re leading by example, you want to make sure that the environment you’re creating is safe. Make sure to setup some time on your calendar every day to talk to your employees (not work-related). Providing these ‘health checks’ creates an open environment that builds trust and increases morale.
3. Don’t Forget Team Happy Hours
Just because you and your team can no longer go down to your favorite bar doesn’t mean team bonding is no longer important. Thing of something else to bring the team together, whether that’s a virtual happy hour or setting up a half hour each week to talk about each other’s weekends. Making a small effort here will have a huge positive impact.
Remote working isn’t going away anytime soon, in fact a lot of large companies are offering employees the option of working remotely indefinitely. Being prepared to support your team in this new environment by preventing employee burnout is imperative to future success.
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