By Michael Briggin
Hiring new workers isn’t what it used to be. As the global economy continues to undergo digital and transformative changes, your organization will have to do the same in managing your staff in an increasingly hybrid, remote work environment.
While digitally optimizing and improving your operations is a key strategy in being competitive, how you maintain relations with your employees is what makes the execution in your strategy the most important.
Depending on your work environment, here are ideas you can use to your advantage in getting a positive image by your employees:
Focus On Facing Reality In A Post-Pandemic Environment
COVID-19 fatigue and fear is real and it affects the workforce more than you think. Although the pre-pandemic work environment was primarily onsite, employees are not going to easily gravitate towards going back to the office like they used to.
Look at ways to keep your employees engaged. Digital technology makes it easier to do so but make sure they are interactive enough.
Decide What Office Location Best Suits Your Organization
A completely digital, virtual office for your company may be tempting but it may not be enough for you to carry out your operations.
Looking into having a physical office but for limited purposes. If any of your staff are primarily responsible for building business relationships, they will need more than just virtual conferencing technology to make the best impact.
Be Creative With In-Person Meetings
No, this is not about going back to the same onsite, 8-5 work environment that existed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is about finding ways to keep your employees engaged so they can maintain relations with each other in a non-traditional work environment.
Consider making in-person meetings periodically, not rarely, as a way to bring your organization together when needed. Whatever you decide to implement as your ongoing schedule of in-person meetings, work to ensure that they are easier to manage while your employees are working remotely.
Don’t Assume Everything Is Always Fine
Listen to your employees. Even if you don’t always agree with them, there can be more truth to their concerns than meets the eye.
Anything that affects your employees’ productivity and well-being can range from digital technology not working effectively enough to the stress levels not being balanced. Focusing on one-on-one meetings as needed, not just group and company wide meetings can be a good start.