When the pandemic first hit our shores at the beginning of 2020, about 44% of the United States workforce started working from home. It quickly developed into a popular trend that made people feel safe and protected during unknown times. Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is here, people feel more secure about living life among others again. This also means that companies are preparing to have their workforce return to their old offices outside of the home.
Contributed by: Jen McKenzie
As a manager or team leader, ensuring that your team maintains a high level of motivation is crucial. This is true no matter what industry you’re in since your employees are the lifeblood of your organization. However, this can be easier said than done.
Modern challenges, such as COVID-19 and the move by many companies to remote working arrangements, mean that your team might not all be working in the same location. Research by Harvard has shown that remote teams tend to struggle with motivation. This problem can lead to lower performance and, ultimately, to less growth.
For most of us, life changed dramatically nearly one year ago, in March 2020. As the one-year anniversary of the life-changing pandemic nears, you may find you or someone you know hitting a wall. These are challenging times that require extra grace, kindness, and compassion. As a business owner, supervisor, or manager, riding the waves of the pandemic storm also includes maintaining employee engagement. Here’s how you can help your staff stay sane as the pandemic rages on.