Since the start of the pandemic, a large number of companies, organizations, and individuals have seen a big shift in their daily lifestyle. One big change has been the way we work.
We used to rely on a space called an office, people that we called co-workers, managers, and bosses. We used to have coffee breaks and after-hours drinks, daily meetings, 1-on-1s, and lunches altogether. But since COVID-19 and the confinement measures, teams are massively experiencing working from home, sometimes for the very first time.
Yes! Life as we know it has changed. No more 9–5 schedules, office work, kids at school, and happy -hours with the colleagues after a long journey. The pandemic has forced everyone to react quickly with little anticipation. And that’s why we put together some advice for the first-time WFH managers, teams, and how Moodbit can help you to have happier employees in this circumstance.
1. Create a Routine
Managing roles is crucial to transition to remote work and help your teams adapt to the new norm.
Make sure everyone has all that is needed to work from home: computer or laptop, office material, wifi. Do not assume anything. Ask.
When all is set, it’s time to establish a routine.
Communicates regularly, even more than you used to do before. For instance, create a team routine, with a daily call or chat to start the day, a time to celebrate individual successes or “AMA” (Ask me Anything) sessions.
2. Check out your team morale
With all the stress and anxiety caused by the virus and the new way of work in the organizations, it’s essential to know how your team’s morale is. While daily communication helps managers identify low morale and engagement with the project, sometimes the distance makes it harder to do it.
That’s how Moodbit can help you in the first place: to understand your team’s real-time descriptive analytics in a safe and anonymous way. We can help you with:
- Measures the feeling of your team on a daily basis,
- Comparing your team’s feelings
- Understanding collaboration patterns
- Find internal influencers and isolated employees
- Manage time-zone tasks and projects
3. Motivate and empower your team
As a manager and leader, your role is to motivate your teams and be sure they are engaged in the work, support in the daily tasks, and their wellbeing. In this complicated time, and more than ever it is important to take care of their mental health.
As the daily breaks, happy-hours and socialization have changed to a more isolated and stressful routine, encourage your team to create new practices such as:
- Best remote-working meme creation contest
- Friday free-talking Zoom call
- Family picture contest
You can ask your team members to contribute to great, fun, and innovative ideas too!
At Moodbit we are focused to help your employees and team members to be happier when working and that’s why we created Action Plans that go directly to them, such as yoga, meditation, breathing techniques, eating healthy habits, and more. This will increase by 30% of their mood and impact their productivity.
As this new routine hasn’t found us prepared, and we all had to adopt remote-working from one day to another, we have to be more flexible with our teams. Some workers may have to take care of their family members, kids, or someone “at-risk”. Understand that even if we will settle a routine, there are circumstances that won’t make the teamwork as a clock.
If you are a manager, show compassion, flexibility, and understanding of your team members. This will connect you with them more than ever.
Remember, Moodbit is also here to help with your remote-teams. Together we will raise!