In this article, we offer some guidance on how to get the most out of individual and team performance during this new mixed reality phase of a part virtual, part physical working world.
Trust your people
Ensuring that employees feel trusted and are allowed to work autonomously will have a positive knock-on effect on productivity and loyalty. Micro-management, for example, will erode trust and lead to poorer individual and team results.
Learn to adapt
One of the most important skills through difficult periods of change is the ability to be agile. We’re now entering a new dynamic, a mixture of home and office working. We will therefore need to adjust our behaviours and adapt accordingly.
Although many believe they are more productive at home, there is the danger of succumbing to distractions. Concentrating can be difficult, therefore it’s important to have a designated work area that allows you to focus on work matters.
There may be some days when you feel like you haven’t achieved all your goals. That’s normal, so don’t be too hard on yourself or those in your team. A kind word can make a big difference.
Check on the mental health of your staff. Zoom fatigue and e-presenteeism are adding to stress and anxiety levels, which are already elevated during difficult times. Taking regular breaks and exercise will help immensely.
Not being able to talk to someone in person means that you have to rely on others to be more responsive. But we all need to be more accommodating. We have to make time for each other and consider other people’s needs.
Communication is key
Especially when working from home, communication must be a priority for all. Whether using video conferencing platforms such as Microsoft Teams or Zoom, regular catch-ups are essential. Sharing knowledge and best practice will lead to better use of time.