Flexibility, readiness for change, and willingness to cooperate have been the essential traits of business leaders even before the pandemic. The coronavirus forced us to suddenly adapt to the new realities. Even greater responsibility and, obviously, enormous stress fell upon the leaders.
What does it mean to be an efficient manager today, when you have to work remotely and solve problems without seeing your team for months? This is especially important because all over the world, 9 out of 10 professionals working from home don't miss the office at all, and many companies do not plan to return employees to the usual open spaces. This is simply no longer necessary. However, managing your staff is more relevant than ever!
The first and foremost thing in the new environment is to keep team communication as open and as productive as possible. People should be informed about the latest happenings in the company, encouraged to speak frankly, share not only tasks and news but also feelings.
The second piece of advice is to trust people. It is already well-known that people work from home more than from offices. Sometimes it is not easy, but most people can deal with it! Do not press them too hard, do not try to control all the details. Instead, ask for feedback on the assigned tasks and the workflow in general. Put your expectations clearly and inquire the assignees whether the tasks are achievable.
Third, forget about the 10-to-18 business day and let people work when they can. Many people are locked in flats with small children. Someone has to share a computer or even a desk with their family. Some work at nights or weekends. Let it be! Flexibility is a quality that ensures business survival. Work results and the mental health of employees, especially those who have been working in your company for a long time, are more important than fixed working hours. That's why it is better to provide your team with a convenient working schedule. The more trust and sympathy your employees receive, the more motivated they will be.
Communication is the key to efficient teamwork. The days when bosses sat in separate offices and gathered morning meetings once per week are gone. To stay efficient and successful, leaders need to maintain close contact with the team and offer it the best working conditions. This approach includes promoting a healthy work-life balance and building the team spirit through open positive communication and a welcoming, warm atmosphere.
Play around with different approaches to leadership and enhance your leadership style accordingly.