How are you doing? Now that you’ve moved out of your office and set up shop at home, how are you transitioning to your temporary new normal? Working remote is different from working in the office. There’s no water cooler talk about the latest Netflix show. And you can’t just pop over to a coworker’s desk to ask a question.
Not to mention, there’s so many more snacks and no one to see you eat them.
But with today’s #QuarentineLife, there’s more than weight gain to worry about. Many people have out-of-work (or overworked) spouses at home and children who are now doing school remotely. There are fewer meals out and more meals to cook at home. It’s a stressful time, and everyone’s doing the best they can to make it work.
So as you and your staff learn to work with one another all over again, here are a few tips to help make the transition go a little smoother:
Create a schedule for yourself and/or your team and let others know what to expect regarding your availability when you’re remote. Some teams require strict office hours. Others do not. Either way, carve out the time you need for the kind of work you need to do. Perhaps you’d like to do deep work like studying and writing in the morning and answer emails and make phone calls in the afternoon.
Check in with each of your staff members on an individual basis at least once a week, preferably at the same time and day of the week if possible. Let them know that’s their time to ask questions and for you to help them work through challenges they’re facing.
Teams will likely benefit from meeting regularly as well. Depending on the work you do, this may mean a daily session or a weekly review to make sure everyone is getting things done while they’re working remotely.
Set Clear Goals & Metrics
You have no idea what people are doing with their time when they are remote—or what you’re to do with your own—unless you have a clear direction. Define the projects that need doing and break them down into manageable parts and deadlines. Always be asking, “Who will do what by when?”
Build reporting into your tasks. This means that when a task is done, the project manager gets notified. And if a task isn’t done on time, the project manager is notified as well. This way, if you’re the leader, you don’t have to hunt down the status of projects. And if you’re the employee, you’ll build a reputation for being proactive and communicating with efficiency and skill.
Don’t Forget the Fun
These are tough times, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have joy and meaningful relationships. Share befitting memes, encouraging posts, and funny videos. Check in on one another personally and do what you can to be helpful and generous. God will do great things even amidst hard times when we stay faithful to Him.