After the year we have all had, deciding what you can do to best support your virtual workforce may seem like a daunting task. How can you provide your team with what they need when everyone is out of the office? What tools can you use to improve productivity and increase morale?
With the world showing the earliest signs of returning to some form of “normality,” this is the perfect time to figure out how to set your business up for a successful year. All of that starts with your team. Take some time to strategize with these helpful tips for best supporting your virtual team.
Take Care of Yourself
Your team is only as good as their leader, and when you start to falter, the rest of the team will suffer as well. Aside from taking the above steps to be more organized, attentive, and productive, taking care of your wellbeing is vital.
In order to stay well throughout the cold and flu season (and beyond for that matter), it’s important to take precautionary safety measures. Just because you are practicing these measures during the pandemic doesn’t mean you are invulnerable to other illnesses. Suggest getting immune system boosting vitamins and essential meds delivered to you and your teammates through an OTC delivery service. It’s safer to be proactive than to fall behind from an illness early in the year. After all, a vital element to your success is a healthy life. Take a look at this helpful infographic to help you along your health journey.
Make sure you and your team are communicating for the benefit of everyone’s overall mental health, too. We’ve seen how isolation has taken a toll on the mental wellness of people of all ages. Encouraging your team to schedule social gatherings over a Zoom call or even to get some fresh air during the workday could do wonders for everyone’s morale and, consequently, productivity.
Listen to Your Team
Make sure every team member has the support they need. This could include everything from the tools necessary to complete daily tasks to providing them with a platform where they may voice any questions or concerns.
Take the time to listen to your team, problem solve any issues that may arise, and provide valuable feedback on their contributions. By prioritizing your team’s needs, you will have a better chance of solving issues early on, avoiding major issues down the line.
Have a plan of action. Organize and delegate your assets among team members to optimize your team’s overall effectiveness and productivity. Try using online collaboration software to improve communication and timeliness across your team. Integrating these applications early will give your team a leg up on your competitors and help limit troubleshooting down the road.
This year was filled with unprecedented obstacles and challenges. That doesn’t mean that this year has to be a struggle as well. Use what you’ve learned this year to put you and your remote team on the right track to a successful 2021.