As organizations are increasingly mandating employees to work from home due to the coronavirus outbreak, HR professionals have a strong role to play in order to keep their employees engaged as well as productive. HR’s should note that not every employee actually wants to avail work from home, it is a change that can be stressful for some. Its therefore super important that they communicate as much as possible and help employees cope up with the change. From all the available tips, sharing my pick of top 5 that will go long way in practicing culture shift on this.
5 Tips to Enhance Work from Home
1. Absence of dedicated workspace makes it difficult to walk away at the end of the day and yet stick to normal working hours. Encourage your team to make space for themselves and set clear boundaries that are free from distractions. This will help them Focus more, including setting up a dedicated station for work!.
2. Encourage them to maintain their normal routine as much as possible. The best way to follow it at home is by taking a shower and getting dressed for a normal workday. This can be a great way for them to get into the right headspace.
3. Communicate communicate and over-communicate: Even if the response is “I’ll get back to you by an ABC time” – encourage them to send that out. Over-communicate with each other and hold each other accountable. Keep the video mode on when on video calls so that everyone can make each other accountable.
4. When working from home protection from online threats will need to be adjusted. One of the best ways to help keep data secure between your internal system and employees working externally is to deploy a VPN. Educate them about this and stay data protected!
5. Give them the flexibility to work beyond 9 to 5 work slots. Many employees will require greater flexibility with their hours during the coronavirus crisis as they juggle other commitments back home. This includes like looking after their children, cooking and managing other household chores.
The culture shift is going to take some time to get used to, but with the right direction and mindset, you should be able to ensure your employees remain productive, engaged and connected to organisation. #StayHome #StaySafe folks!
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