Top 4 Tips for Managing Your Team Through the Pandemic
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The COVID-19 viral outbreak has found all of us unprepared. The pandemic has changed the way we live our lives, it has made us adapt to the new measures we have to take to protect each other.
Not only are essential workers required to take various safety measures along with the companies employing them, but all other sectors are deeply impacted too.
Sleek has recognized how great remote work can be during these times and that is why a good part of our team is working from the comfort of their own homes.
If you too would like to learn more about remote work and help your company survive this pandemic, take a look below. We have quite a few important tips to help your business handle these trying times through remote work.
Before you lay down all the terms for your team members, you should know that transparent communication is of the utmost importance.
As a manager, your duty is also to set clear and reasonable expectations. Share them with the team, check up on your members every once in a while just to see how they are doing and whether they need some help.
It is absolutely necessary to insist on transparent communication between the team members. Being straightforward and clear when it comes to your company tasks, client requirements, the status of the company, and so on, has to be a priority.
But for this to happen, you need a good communication software tool. Luckily, there are so many such tools today like Slack, Trello, Jira, and so on. Once you find a good tool of this kind, you will actually be ensuring that all team members are able to quickly and efficiently communicate with one another throughout the lifespan of your projects.
Create engagement through video chat
Video chat mimics the interactions that you would regularly have in the office. And it is a powerful engagement tool if you learn to use it properly.
Video chat allows you to enjoy more visual cues. This means that you will be able to see what is going on with the other person at the moment of speaking to them.
Understandably, it sometimes feels strange and isolating just to chat through text apps or audio calls. To prevent this, add video calls when conducting one-to-one check-ups and team meetings.
Regular video conferences are a must during the time you have no access to office headquarters. Regularly seeing your team members strengthens the bond and improves the overall chemistry.
Try to inspire your remote workers. After all, you all have to work remotely now. So, try to be inspiring and share the culture you are trying to grow. Create videos to motivate your teammates and try to pump up the atmosphere yourself through the video calls.
Also, it is really important to pick the right tools for convenient video or visual communication. In other words, your team needs access to software solutions that allow:
- Screen sharing
- Screen capturing
- Taking notes
- Adding visual cues (arrows, labels, etc.)
- Media exchange
Tools such as Zoom and Google Hangouts are the ideal solution for this.
Build trust and support
In order to fully immerse yourself in the virtual work environment, you have to do everything you can to actually be there for your team members. Building trust isn’t easy since you need to be genuinely interested in what your team’s struggles are.
Handling your own tasks and also helping others is not easy even when we are all doing it from the traditional office spaces. But if you want to be a true leader, you need to offer encouragement and emotional support even when everything is remote.
Acknowledge stress, listen to employees’ concerns, and empathize with their struggles. Not everyone finds it easy to adjust to new circumstances. So, make sure to check-in with your employees every now and then. Don’t be too pushy, but be there for them.
In addition, be consistent and put in a lot of effort into it. Employees have to see you as a reliable figure that is consistent with what they are doing.
Finally, never forget that there is no I in the team. If you fail to motivate every single member, you all have chances of failing.
Do fun things together — virtually!
Nurturing the bonds that are already established between team members is even more important when the whole office goes online. Keeping everyone involved both in the team processes and even in aspects that may be more private should be on your agenda.
A good way to save and improve the bonds between team members is to practice virtual team building. To be more precise, you need to offer your coworkers a chance to socialize and communicate with each other as if they were all there, present at the office.
Try to come up with something like happy hours. They are meant for everyone to say hi to each other and catch up while having a coffee or a drink together.
However, do not force people to do these activities. Instead, rest assured that there are people in your team who feel like they are more than just coworkers.
It is well known that people who have been working together for some time will appreciate a chance to hang out with each other even if it is a virtual hangout. The bond created during difficult times, solving difficult problems, and completing difficult tasks means a lot.
Managing your team during these times may be a bit difficult. However, it may be easier if you know that some companies have been working completely remotely all the time.
So, there is no reason to panic or be afraid. Just stick to proven practices and good tips, and everything will be fine.
Some people even wish to keep working remotely forever once they realize the benefits of remote work.
Therefore, you need to do your best to make the most out of remote work. Who knows, maybe you’ll like it too.