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Tips for Managing the Remote Workforce

Scott Higdon

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Working remotely is not a new concept, but in the recent weeks, it has been one of the only methods to keep many businesses afloat. The Coronavirus has directly impacted how we live and how we work. We hope that the chaos will calm down soon, but until then, we wanted to provide a few tips that just might help the remote workforce.

  • Communication – This is the key to any management scenario, however, for remote work, it is imperative to keep the lines of communication open and flowing.
  • Routines – If you previously had routines, such as daily huddles, recurring client meetings, etc., attempt to continue those the best way possible. Leverage technology to ensure these normally scheduled events do not fall off. This will provide some normalcy throughout an incredible amount of change experienced by employees.
  • Expectations – Your expectations of team members should change, just as businesses have needed to adjust their methods of operation. It will take time for some employees to adapt, but management should also expect for there to be a transition period for everyone. Try to keep focus on the work being completed, verses how it is being completed. There is a tendency to want to see someone working and with remote work, that is just not always possible.
  • Social Engagement – In the office, we often become familiar with our other team members. These bonds, which are built over time and through social interaction, are a positive aspect of working in the office. If there are ways to continue this, you absolutely should. At Kraft Kennedy, we have initiated a virtual social engagement on Friday afternoons called (Virtual Attitude Adjustment – VAA) where multiple video channels are set up through Microsoft Teams and all members of the organization are invited to join in and hang out. It has become a hit and a welcomed treat at the end of the work week.

Changing from in-office to remote work will be received differently by team members. Some will be happy and appreciate the time saved by not commuting into the city for work, while others may be feeling overwhelmed while they try to balance the new demands of remote work, along with the additional demands at home. We hope these tips will help you navigate through this time of rapid change.

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