To help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the Philippines, more companies have switched to working remotely. One of your jobs as a leader is to encourage productivity among your employees. However, this is a lot more difficult to achieve due to the physical distance. Additionally, when there is a lack of tangible interaction. We have listed tips on how to keep employee engagement high during the pandemic:

1. Communicate regularly

Above all, communication is important in a virtual setting. Working remotely with limited communication may lead to inefficiency. Therefore, leaders must communicate with their employees regularly. Firstly, develop various methods that will help you to interact with them. Secondly, schedule regular check-in meetings. Constantly check on their physical and mental health. Lastly, keep them updated about any changes regarding the company (e.g. hiring and payroll processes). Thus, allowing you and your employees to achieve harmony.

2. Conduct online team-building activities

Employees rarely get to interact with each other during remote work. Particularly, the only form of communication they have is mostly through messaging platforms and video conferencing applications. However, these are not as effective as physical communication. Therefore, this may affect the team’s strong and harmonious relationship. To avoid this, leaders may host virtual team-building activities to bring them together. Hence, allowing them to get to know each other and build stronger connections. Ultimately, it will be a fun and enjoyable way to create a sense of togetherness in a remote setting.

3. Provide consistent recognition

Recognition and appreciation in the workplace are effective motivations to improve employee performance. Recently, Gallup Research recognized performance acknowledgment boosts employees’ loyalty to the firm. Certainly, employees want their efforts and achievements to be appreciated. Most importantly, hiring managers should monitor their performance then provide feedback. Make sure employees feel heard and valued in the workplace. Additionally, take note of their opinions and insights. In time, this will make them feel that they are valuable and cared by company.

4. Promote health and wellness

COVID-19 has negatively affected people’s mental health nowadays. Working remotely can make employees feel drained, lost, and unmotivated. As a result, this can be unfavorable to the company’s performance. It decreases productivity among employees. Moreover, it may lead to high employee turnover due to job dissatisfaction and low employee morale. However, you can promote physical and mental well-being by offering encouragement and emotional support. Avoid pushing them to their limits and give them rest days and breaks as necessary. Additionally, empathize with their concerns and anxieties. This is to show that you actually care about their overall well-being.

5. Create a culture of connectedness

Although it is important to be professional, it is just as important to connect with your employees on a personal level. As a leader, you should recognize their strengths and weaknesses to truly connect with them. Host casual hangouts or coffee breaks to get to know each other. Moreover, employees will feel more engaged and committed if you treat them as your friends.

During these tough times, leaders must take various methods in keeping their employees committed. Ultimately, when the engagement of employees is prioritized, the whole organization thrives.

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By: X. Borja
Worky Online Contributor 

SOURCES:

Dvorak, N. (2021, March 19). Employee Recognition: Low Cost, High Impact. Gallup.Com. https://www.gallup.com/workplace/236441/employee-recognition-low-cost-high-impact.aspx

 

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