This year has shown the importance of staying in touch with your remote employees, whether they’re working from home or are on furlough. As we reach the end of the second lockdown in England, many have reached a point of fatigue with virtual communication. Along with potential technical difficulties, the novelty of video meetings could have worn off, feeling them feeling impersonal and unproductive. So how do we keep communicating with employees during a pandemic?
Here at Triple Three Solutions, we want to help you to keep your employees happy, motivated and engaged during this difficult time. This in mind, we’re looking at some of the ways you can give remote meetings a refresh, to boost morale and keep your business moving forward during COVID-19.
Change up your conversations:
Whether team meetings or 1-on-1s, it’s important to connect with your employees (and/or colleagues) as much as you can. If staff on are furlough, plan and agree to check in as frequently as possible. Daily morning meetings, and an active chat throughout the day are great ways to help employees to still feel part of a team when working remotely. However, it’s also important to consider what you say.
Whilst your business goals are important, they should come second to employee’s health (mental and physical) and wellbeing. What’s more, questions like ‘How are you doing?’ and ‘What have you been up to?’ have lost a bit of meaning this year.
Try to direct your conversations to the positives, focusing on achievements and goals for the future. We also need to be reminding employees of why their work is important and valued, whether they’re currently able to work or not. OfficeVibe.com gave some great examples in their recent blog.
“Try one of these:
- What are you loving from our current remote work context?
- If there was one thing you could see our team accomplish, what would it be?
- Describe a recent work situation where you felt you were at your best professionally.”
“Connect feedback, employee goals, and other talking points to things like:
- Your employees’ personal aspirations
- Team goals and objectives
- Company values and culture”
Encourage ‘tea breaks’:
Whilst working from home, it can be easy for the work-life balance to become blurred. Encourage your staff to take regular breaks, eat lunch, and get out for walks. Some companies have begun implementing ‘tea breaks’ into their daily schedules, where employees are encouraged to have a break and chat with each other about anything but work. These are things we would naturally do pre-pandemic, that make more difference to our mental health than we realise.
333 can help:
This year has forced a lot of employers to adapt quickly, and constantly. Here at Triple Three Solutions, we want to help take some of the pressure off and ensure you can get back to running your business, with a happy, healthy and motivated workforce. For more guidance on communicating with employees during COVID and beyond, or for any other HR issues, please get in touch. Call us on 0333 050 3330 or contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.