Organizations are being faced with the new challenge of transitioning from a task-oriented onsite working structure to solutions-based off-site outcomes. If your organization needs a transition plan, it can be highly beneficial to conduct additional analysis for planning remote experiences for your employees. With the emergence of new technologies, workers across the globe are able to engage in new ways that can improve team productivity.
Maintaining Organizational Goals
As your team adjusts to the new normal of a remote work environment, you’ll have to make concerted efforts in continued communication of organizational goals. By moving to cloud-based processes and providing sufficient training on those processes, the workflow can continue to be streamlined. If possible, absorbing costs surrounding the creation of a home office space such as hardware, software, and other associated costs that were once budgeted for in your physical office space can serve to heighten the morale of your employees.
“You want to ensure that your team members feel taken care of,” stated Adam Ferrari, CEO of Ferrari Energy. Taking a dedicated approach to accounting for your employees’ mental health demonstrates your organization’s willingness to work through the unique challenges that a remote work environment poses. This can be done through things like providing gym memberships (in safe areas) or providing wellness resources such as webinars.
Additionally, it’s important to keep the workplace culture alive in a remote environment. If possible, maintain those ‘water cooler conversations’ by budgeting time for your employees to break off for virtual check-ins. By keeping the culture of your company alive and well, your employees will be more motivated to reach organizational goals.
Boosting Internal Communication Strategies
Taking extra time to ensure that your employees understand what is going on in the company will improve their online working experience. When employees feel informed, they feel empowered. Prioritize mentorship, especially with entry-level employees or interns that may be overwhelmed by learning a new job in a remote setting.
If you are using new technologies to complete organizational tasks, make certain that your employees feel that they have the hands-on training they need to operate these systems. While these technologies undoubtedly serve to create the potential for creativity and problem-solving, for many workers, this learning process can be frustrating. A frustrated workforce is not a productive workforce.
Fostering an Inclusive Climate
Your employees need real conversation. Your organization should encourage social interactions among employees. This is as simple as taking some before a Zoom meeting to ask employees how they are doing and allow for coworkers to catch up on personal matters.
Especially in a remote working environment, it’s important to celebrate milestones. As your organization reaches its goals, make sure to celebrate those achievements, and pay particular praise to team members that have contributed to the completion of projects. Not only will this satisfy team members who have done the work, but it will also motivate your other employees to seek the same recognition.
An inclusive climate is a positive climate and will make for an extremely productive remote working experience. Meet goals and maintain communication!
About Adam Ferrari
Adam Ferrari is the founder of the mineral acquisitions company Ferrari Energy. He is a chemical engineer by degree and is an accomplished petroleum engineer by profession. He also has experience in the financial sector through his work at an investment banking firm. Under his leadership, his company has supported numerous charitable organizations including St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Freedom Service Dogs, Denver Rescue Mission, Coats for Colorado, and Next Steps of Chicago.