Since the Covid-19 pandemic, businesses and their employees have been faced with many challenges of setting up remote work and trying to provide the appropriate planning, tools, and support for productivity and connectivity. Managers have to be focused on the concept of working with their employees while they are in various locations and still maintain discipline, the appropriate infrastructure, and technology and meet all the goals, deadlines, processes, priorities, and expectations. At the same time, while isolation is necessary to help everyone stay healthy, communication has to be at a higher level because many employees can experience isolation fatigue.
The Right Communication for Remote Productivity
If you are a remote worker due to the pandemic, you have to stay in touch with your managers and other coworkers as best as you can so you don’t feel like you are all alone. You should try to stay abreast of new information and be able to access the right tools to do your job efficiently. The company should provide most of the tools and one of the most important ones is video communication, which means you must have the right microphone, camera, software, and computer. With video communication, you and your coworkers and managers can meet up at least once per week to share accomplishments, thoughts, and future goals. Your manager is responsible for creating this group setting for sharing and planning the team’s goals, deadlines, and deliverables. This step will ensure that everyone is one the same page and that you feel that you are an important part of the team. Video conferencing is the right way to communicate with each other to share schedules, experiences, thoughts, and any challenges you might be facing.
Working From Home
With the pandemic, working from the comfort of your home is the new norm for so many employees. However, the company should not let the employees feel that they are on their own and have to be confronted with issues that are not quickly addressed. The employee should be still connected to the team and should not have to face any new pressures from working at home. It should be a smooth transition for everyone. In fact, it would be considered best practices, if the employer could have had a work from home training program prior to the pandemic. If not, then it is too late, but in the future, it should be a serious consideration. Not every employee is going to easily adjust to the new norm and so it is the company’s responsibility now to engage and make sure that all employees are doing well and not suffering from isolation fatigue on their own.
Keeping up Positive Communication Remotely
Every manager should be realistic and allow employees to take on workloads and projects they can manage. Allow interaction between coworkers by providing the video communication that they can all use while taking a break during the days. In fact, employers should encourage breaks and communication between coworkers. While there should be produced, the employees should also have work-life balance. Last, but not least, compliment your employees often; especially when they are doing a great job. This is a form of motivation and inspiration, which could go a long way into keeping out the isolation fatigue.