CIOs need to go the extra mile to ensure if their employees are not burning out and taking care of their mental health in the current remote working model.
Businesses are trying to navigate the new normal in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. While several companies have adopted the work from home model, they are also facing challenges in terms of employee fatigue due to long working hours, anxiety, internet connectivity, and loss of productivity, among others.
A study from Buffer and AngelList found that 18% of professionals said they feel isolated while working remotely. Organizations need to create a conducive and innovative work environment for their employees’ mental and physical well-being. They also need to come up with ways to boost employee motivation and productivity.
Here are five ways in which CIOs can make it easier for employees to work remotely.
- Focus on employee training
Companies used to focus on employee up skilling even in the pre-pandemic era. However, it is now even more necessary to utilize the current downtime and prepare employees for future challenges. Leaders can handpick employees to take up courses related to technologies like Analytics, Robotics, AI, and Machine Learning by partnering with leading edtech platforms. They can also conduct internal training programs to further train their workforce.
- Prioritize employee mental health
It has become essential for business leaders to keep a tab on the mental health of their employees that are already stressed, following social distancing and isolation. Companies can offer employees mental-health sessions, meditation programs, and also encourage them to open up about their challenges and struggles about remote working. Moreover, offering special work from home allowance can also be helpful.
- Foster values of collaborating working
The remote working model has allowed companies to find ways of fostering teamwork. They are introducing group tasks to strengthen trust and co-dependency amongst employees. Encouraging employees to work on projects as a team and urging them to enter into healthy competitive practices like fitness challenges and participation in games and quizzes, will help organizations build alliances among them.
- Regular communication with the leadership team
It is essential to have transparent communication across levels for the smooth functioning of companies. The leadership team needs to discuss and engage with employees about company-specific events and update them about progress on significant projects. Addressing employee concerns will help firms establish their trust and assurance.
They can also show effective communication by organizing monthly virtual town halls and team reviews.
- Provide a flexible work environment
As employees working from home, organizations will have to consider factors like internet connectivity, electricity, and personal responsibilities. It is important to provide a flexible work environment for employees as it will play a major role in increasing employee motivation and productivity.
Now is the time for employers to exhibit empathy towards their employees and also resist micro-managing as they are working remotely.