It’s not easy to transition to a work
from home setup. If you’ve been working in a regular office for years, these
changes could be tough. However, given the continued spread of the virus,
working from home will remain as the new normal. If you’ve succeeded in
adjusting to this setup, you’re lucky. For some, it’s not an easy transition.
Despite the effort, they still have a hard time getting things done. Even
managing their time is a struggle. These are some ways to help them out.
Share your tips
For sure, you also had a hard time with
these changes at first. You didn’t accept the new setup in a snap. Share the
strategies you did to make things better. Whether it’s related to work or about
life during a lockdown, your tips would be highly appreciated. You can share
them privately or during Zoom meetings when asked.
Connect with your colleagues
Everyone is busy, even while working from home.
However, not everyone has the same situation. Some employees are lucky enough
to quarantine with the entire family. Others are isolated and have to be away
from their loved ones for months. You might even have colleagues who battle the
virus, or with loved ones who got ill. The least you can do is to connect with
them. Let them know that you’re there if they need someone to talk to.
Apart from our physical health, this
virus has also placed a burden
on everyone’s mental health. Given the isolation, it’s difficult for people
to feel that someone is there for them. Your fellow employees who are in a
worse situation than you do would appreciate your effort to connect. Asking
them how they are during this troubling time would mean a lot. At work, despite
the busy schedule, everyone has a chance to take a break and even rant to each
other. The same couldn’t be said with this new setup. Therefore, offering a
chance to have a small talk over the phone would be great.
Be more flexible
If you’re among the team leaders, you
can decide the nature of the tasks given to each employee. You also have the
powers to set deadlines. If you notice that some of your employees are going
through a difficult time, you should try to be more understanding. Offer a more
flexible schedule and change the deadline. You can also reassign some tasks to
those who are in a better position to get things done. Offer rewards to those
who can take on new responsibilities.
Offer wellness programs
There are online classes that promote
a healthy lifestyle. Let your colleagues know about them. Some of
them are for free, and everyone can benefit from the new information obtained.
If the programs come with a price, the office can shoulder the cost. These
programs help people stay physically and mentally fit. Experts start sharing
what they know, and it would be great to maximize the opportunity.
Doing these adjustments isn’t easy
and could take time. We have to be there for each other in whatever way we
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