Setting up and Supporting Remote Work Arrangements
Review this guide for information on setting up and supporting temporary remote work arrangements – including information on setting up a remote work office, healthy and safety considerations, and communicating as a team.
“Technology and logistical arrangements get a lot of attention when it comes to planning for remote workers’ success. But don’t overlook one of the most important factors in any employee relationship – engagement.” ~ Elsa Powel Strong
Most studies show virtual workers are typically no less productive than their office-bound counterparts; in fact, they’re often more productive. But without the regular in-person contact with their managers and other colleagues, they can begin to lose their sense of belonging and passion for the team and the broader organization.
Ultimately, both the manager and the employee share responsibility in making and maintaining those critical, authentic connections that drive higher engagement.
As a virtual employee:
Stay tuned in: It’s up to you to be present in the moment and also be aware if you’re feeling disconnected or isolated. If you are, take a moment to reach out.
Communicate expressively. Because you won’t always be able to rely on face-to-face interactions when you have ideas or concerns you want to get across, your ability to communicate in a clear, compelling way is more important than ever.
Take advantage of the tools: Email is great, but don’t let it be your sole method of contact. Schedule opportunities for verbal (phone) and visual (MS Teams/Zoom) communications when possible.
Don’t let your imagination get the best of you: Without context there’s a tendency to “fill in the blanks” of what’s going on. Any time you notice that happening, it’s a warning sign that you need to reach out and get into conversation with others.
In these tough times, when the world is going through a major crisis, it’s hard for even the most optimistic among us to stay positive. Although we need to take the coronavirus pandemic, it’s counterproductive for us to stay focused on negativity. Obviously, you need to stay informed about how to keep yourself and others healthy and safe during the coronavirus outbreak, but focusing on positive things will help you get the energy you need to manage your immediate challenges and prepare for the future.
We want you to know, we are thinking of you – whether you are working from home or onsite, or you are not able to work right now. Our team is working hard to develop new resources and initiatives, which can be accessed online from wherever you are located. A Resilience Toolkithas been developed, along with several new online workshops and sessions. Watch our HR Events page for upcoming online wellness sessions and additional initiatives we’re working on.