1. If you’re managing others, focus on outcomes rather than activity
- Checking up on people can signal a lack of trust. Once you have entrusted someone with a task don’t keep tracking it too frequently. The other person may find it annoying and get de-motivated.
- Instead, set goals and take stock of output. Make your assessment on basis of the outcome rather than keeping a constant check.
2. Accept that productivity might suffer in the short term
- While research shows that remote working can increase long-term productivity in the short term it might not feel so. Already after many weeks of working from home we’re realizing that work is being done at reasonably good pace.
- Every worker has a lot on their plate right now. Each one of us has been making efforts at adjusting to a new normal. It feels as though there is more work than usual though it is not so. It’s just the change of surroundings we need to adjust to. The quantum of work is the same.
- So be patient while everyone gets used to the new normal. Having given each other time to adjust we are already sensing a new work rhythm settling in.
3. Take time to empathize.
- Acknowledge that everyone is in this crisis together. Make an effort to understand certain challenges some of us may be facing in making this adjustment. Take time out to talk and discuss in an effort to iron out difficulties.
- Remember, concerns about family, friends and our own well-being can weigh heavily. Some of us are more easily stressed than others. There are many who are experiencing paranoia about the infection. Be there for them and work at soothing their anxiety.
4. Get used to your co-workers working at different times
- Employees at home don’t have to work at the same time as each other just because they do so in offices. This is something we need to accept. In addition to work everyone is having to take care of household chores that they didn’t have to earlier. So be ready for a little variance in work schedules.
- Expect flexibility in response time as team members may be trying to balance caring of loved ones and household commitments with office work.
5. Combat screen fatigue effectively
- Virtual meetings and sessions can be exhausting. But this problem can be easily addressed. Keep something to drink close to you during sessions if you like. E.g. tea, coffee or a cold drink.
- To combat screen fatigue, take short breaks from your work table during the day.
- Remember, now millions of people across the world are adjusting to a new professional life. We’re not alone in this.
There is no one to blame for the present situation. So keep going, be empathetic, remain optimistic and don’t let anything affect your drive, initiative and creativity. This could be the perfect time for some out of the box thinking.
As Plato rightly said,Necessity is the Mother of Invention.