The COVID-19 pandemic has forced millions of companies around the world to adjust to working from home with little to no planning. This transition has been extremely stressful and overwhelming to both companies and employees alike. Work environments and home lives have changed, people are anxious about how COVID-19 is impacting their lives, and everyone’s emotions are at an all-time high.
As everyone navigates this abrupt change, work culture as we knew it has completely changed and the company’s need to work harder than ever before to ensure a positive work culture for their employees.
Below, our team at Ideal Office Solutions is sharing their best tips to help foster a positive work culture during this time of change and help employees feel more stable in their positions.
Be Increasingly Flexible
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused work environments to change completely and by offering employees more flexibility with expectations, workdays, and communications, you’re able to help support them as they navigate this new normal. Most people aren’t used to working from home and with children home from school on top of it, and people getting sick, we’re in uncharted territory. Give your employees additional flexibility so when they are working, they are able to give their jobs their all.
Be Clear About Expectations
When employees unexpectedly start working from home, they can have a difficult time with work-life balance. To help avoid any frustration and burnt-out employees that are trying to juggle work and their children, be clear with your employees about what you expect from them. This includes work that needs to be completed and times that they must be available and working.
Be Open to Feedback
As we mentioned, working from home is new for a majority of people. This time is going to be a learning curve and it’s so important to be open to feedback from employees. This feedback will allow you to have the information you need to make adjustments to make working from home a better experience for everyone.
Have Transparent Communication with Your Team
While this might be something you’ve always practiced, having transparent communication with your team is more important now than ever before! Provide employees with regular updates regarding remote work procedures, changes in the office, and timelines for returning back to the office.
Being transparent during this unprecedented time is so important and will help employees feel more comfortable.
We’re in this Together
While different companies are facing the COVID-19 pandemic differently, we’re all facing this pandemic together. We’re trying to navigate our new normal and what our futures are going to look like. We’re spending 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with our families, roommates, and spouses. We’re all in this together.
Ideal Office Solutions is here for you. Contact us today at (978) 327-5327 to learn more about how we can help your office flourish.