Wednesday, March 18, 2020

How to Help Your Employees Tackle Remote Work

Right now, people across the globe are working remotely. They’re screen sharing, calling in for meetings, and making sure deliverables still get to clients and customers on time. While working remotely can sometimes feel isolating, it doesn’t have to be miserable or uncomfortable for your employees - and there’s no better time to show how much you appreciate them than during this time of uncertainty.

Help Them Create a Productive Work Space

One of the biggest misconceptions of telework is that it’s easy to work from your couch in pajama pants every day. While that usually works for a couple of days, it doesn’t lend itself well to long-term productivity.

Creating a separate space away from the couch, TV, or bedroom can make it much easier to focus on the task at hand and get work done efficiently. So what makes a good work space? Generally, a desk or dining room table set up with all of the office must-haves is the best bet. 

This is a great time to provide your employees with some company-branded items to show them your appreciation. Some favorites for creating an effective workspace include:

  • Wireless Headphones for Conference Calls
  • USB Hub for Charging Devices
  • Large Journal for Keeping Notes at Home
Consider setting up a group chat for your employees where they can share their tips for productivity, too. Putting everyone’s brain power together is a great way to help your whole team improve their ability to work remotely.

Encourage Your Employees to Engage in Self Care

As plugged in as we are as a society, it’s hard not to hear about what’s happening 24/7. But it can quickly take a toll on your employees’ mental health. Additionally, many people may be feeling isolated during this time.

Make sure you’re supporting your employees by encouraging them to take care of their physical, emotional, and mental health. It’s important to continue exercising and getting fresh air. Technology also makes it possible for people to spend time with loved ones virtually, even if they can’t currently visit in person.

Recommending that your employees take time to socialize and encouraging socialization during the work day can go a long way for improving mental health while we wait for everything to return to normal. 

Help Them to Stay Positive

You don’t have to limit gifts to your employees to items that encourage productivity. In fact, there has never been a better time to provide them with items like stress balls or coffee cups. It’s also a good time to send some funny non-virus related memes out to elicit a smile or a laugh from everyone. 

We’re all in this together as a global community right now, and the easier we make it on each other, the happier we’ll all be in the long run. Make sure that your employees know that you appreciate them and their continued efforts even when they can’t physically make it into the office. 

At Skylight, we care about our clients and want to make sure that you’re taking care of yourself, too. Make sure that you’re staying in contact with the people you care about and getting fresh air regularly. Please also know that if you have questions about our products or an order, we’re still available via phone at 410.879.8401.

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