As the new year approaches, organizations need to ensure that they are keeping their remote teams top of mind.
January for many is a challenging time, with post-holiday blues being a very real thing.
Coupled with colder weather in most of Canada, looming recession talk, and the start of a new year, it is critical that organizations continue to be intentional with how they support their teams; especially when they don’t see them everyday.
Here are some strategies you can use to support a remote team:
Establish clear communication channels
Make sure your team has access to the tools they need to communicate effectively, whether that’s through video conferencing, messaging, or project management software. Establish guidelines for how and when to use these tools to ensure that everyone stays informed and connected.
Clearly communicate your expectations for how team members should work remotely, including what their schedule should look like, how they should communicate with you and other team members, and how they should handle tasks and projects.
Ensure that your team has the resources they need to be productive and successful, whether that’s access to certain software or equipment, or training and development opportunities.
Foster a sense of community
It can be easy for remote team members to feel isolated, so it’s important to create a sense of community and connection. This can be done through regular team check-ins, virtual social events, and opportunities for team members to collaborate on projects.
Remote work can be stressful, so it’s important to encourage your team to prioritize their well-being. Encourage them to take breaks, get up and stretch, and engage in activities that promote physical and mental health.
Stay in touch
Make an effort to regularly check in with your team members, both one-on-one and as a group. This will help you stay informed about their progress, challenges, and needs, and will also help them feel supported and connected.
The above strategies take time to build, and effort to implement and maintain. Having a dedicated HR partner to support your organization can make all the difference! Looking to learn more? Our HR Consulting division is ready to level up your company culture today!