As a result of the coronavirus crisis, many employees and managers have made a sudden shift to working from home for an extended period, often with relatively little preparation or support. Whether working from home as an individual, or leading teams who are working from home, it is essential to adapt your ways of working to be effective.
Many organisations have had to close their offices and ask people to work from home, potentially for several weeks or months. Whilst it’s common to have occasional days working from home, it is a very different experience transitioning to this way of working over an extended period of time.
In the current crisis, there has been little or no time to prepare people for this change, and it does require some changes in ways of working. Whilst most of us have the tools available to enable remote collaboration. The challenge is more about adapting our routines and ways of working to be effective.
Research shows that people who work from home tend to be more productive and it gives us the flexibility we need to cope with challenging times and changing family circumstances. However, in these exceptional circumstances we should not expect this to be true. People will be distracted and have other priorities around family, health and community.
Individuals working from home are often concerned about maintaining a sense of community and team spirit with their colleagues. They also need to stay visible to colleagues when working remotely. Working remotely also requires a step up in the use of virtual meeting technologies to create more engaging and participative communication.
Managers leading people who are working from home are often concerned about how they exercise control and monitor progress, and this can lead us into a negative spiral of micromanagement. Managers need to be able to build trust remotely and find new ways to coach and develop their people.
How I can help?
My first experience of managing a home working team was over 20 years ago and I have been using my experience and expertise to help businesses to manage their home workers especially during this period of uncertainty.
I will be able to provide the following video-based training for your organisation focusing on the following:
- Managing home workers
- Managing behaviour
- Managing stress
- Leading through uncertainty
- Instilling calm
- Implementing change
- Generating and converting sales leads
- Maintaining your sales pipeline
- Motivating and inspiring your team
The above training modules are ideal for Business Leaders, Managers and Field Sales Teams that now find themselves converting leads over the phone. In addition to the above I will be available to offer 1-1 and group coaching sessions.
If you would like my help with any of the above please contact me, Gary Morgan, on 020 8337 5937 or send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for taking the time to read this article. I look forward to hearing from you!