Working from home has been challenging for many, particularly during a time when we have been separated from our friends, family and colleagues for the better part of 2020.
That is why it is up to business leaders to put in the extra effort to keep their workers engaged and improve their culture during this time.
Despite this loneliness, remote working has numerous benefits like no commutes and a better work-life balance. But as the pandemic persists, the cons may outweigh the pros for many workers.
To start, companies should prioritize communication. It can be easy to send a quick message on Slack or email to keep workers in the loop, but leaders should do more than that.
Having weekly check-ins with employees can help them feel supported and listened to on both a professional and personal level.
Creating an inclusive culture will also be important during this time. Whether it is new hires or introverted employees, leaders should take the time to ensure all workers are on the same page and answer any questions they have.
Since picking up on social cues is much more difficult to accomplish over video chat, it is vital to curate training programs to be entirely online so everyone is on the same page.
Lastly, well-being has been highlighted as one of the most important attributes to a well-functioning business. Companies can support employees who are struggling by offering them access to wellness workshops, virtual yoga classes and mental health resources.