The number of companies turning towards remote work culture has increased magnanimously this year. Blame it on COVID19, but companies who wouldn’t allow employees the flexibility to work from home, fearing they won’t be as productive, are now encouraging it to keep their business afloat.
In the past, working from home was a rare trend for businesses to reduce office overhead costs. But now that so many businesses have experienced the positives of it first-hand, they are willing to continue with it even post the pandemic.
The remote work culture has a lot of pros but a few cons too. These cons are mostly decreased employee morale due to isolation, increased distractions from the surroundings, and lack of collaboration between team members due to decreased social engagement.
To tackle these and to enhance the remote work experience for your employees, we have listed below four tips to help you out:
1. Give high priority to employee’s well being:
Now that there is a lack of visibility due to employees working remotely, employers may miss out on detecting employees’ well-being. Working in isolation takes a toll on the mental health of employees. Managers must regularly check-in on employees and build connections with them to be aware of their mental well-being.
It is equally important to prioritize their physical health by providing gym memberships to employees or conducting wellness webinar sessions. Since WFH can lead to a bad work-life balance, employees may not get a chance to work out. Encourage them to engage in some physical activity, so they stay active and develop a healthy mindset.
2. Automate manual tasks:
In an office setup, it is possible to delegate manual tasks as there are managers to ensure they get done on time. But in a remote work setup, it is not humanly possible to control everything. This leads to errors in processes that require double-checking. You can automate such manual tasks with the help of modern software solutions.
For employees to trust an employer, HR must ensure they get timely payments. Delays in payments can lead to an employee quitting their job. The automation of the payroll process can make HR processes a lot easier. A payroll app effectively eliminates all the bulky work of processing employee payments and ensures they always receive accurate salaries on time.
3. Appreciate and celebrate:
One of the simplest ways to make the WFH experience positive for your employees is recognizing their good performance and rewarding them for it. When you appreciate employees for their contribution and publicly acknowledge it, they feel motivated to perform better.
It is also necessary to recreate the office celebrations for birthdays and small wins to keep employees engaged. It reduces the chances of remote team members feeling left out and helps build better connections.
4. Build a virtual water cooler:
Employees in the pre-pandemic times often gathered around a water cooler within the workplace and talked about work and other things happening in the world. It provided them a chance to bond and hear about their co-worker’s interest outside of work. This is one of the biggest elements of an office work setup that employees tend to miss.
Creating a virtual water cooler is necessary to help employees unwind from work stress. There are multiple ways to provide employees this social engagement with fellow employees. For instance, managers can boost internal conversations by conducting weekly virtual get-together meetings where employees can talk to their coworkers about a certain topic.
When employers provide their employees with the necessary tools and resources to work productively from home, they can make the most of their time. This leads to a better work-life balance, which successfully enhances their remote work experience.
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