How to make remote working an effective and happy experience

Numerous reports have been released recently about the latest HR trends for 2021 focusing on how the workplace has changed as we know it, perhaps forever, but certainly for the foreseeable future.

As a direct impact of Covid-19, a recent survey of over 2000 HR professionals found that 2 out of 3 employers are finding keeping morale high a challenge. 71% said that adapting to home working has been difficult, whilst 83% said that they are adjusting their business practices in light of the pandemic.

This raises the question as to how employers can help to keep morale high in teams who arecontinuing to work from home.

It has been proven that positive employee morale benefits a business greatly, with increased profitability and productivity. Employee satisfaction and retention have long been included as key performance indicators within organisations. The question is though, how well do line managers and senior leaders really know their employees?

How can working from home and high morale go hand-in-hand? How can you ensure – as an employer – that your teams thrive and also take responsibility for their own positive outlook?

From an employer’s perspective, this begins with clear and transparent communication, and an understanding that work and home are now more intrinsically linked than ever. Weekly one-to-ones and monthly reviews must go beyond the surface level, understanding the deeper motivations of your employees. What makes them tick, what do they want for their future both at work and home, and how can the company support these?

On the flip-side, employees are becoming more aware that they must take ownership of their skills. For some, the crisis will have pushed them to review their career path and question whether it aligns to their true purpose and motivations. For others, they are feeling the pressure and will be taking stock of their skills, using the opportunity to learn more, and become indisposable to their employer.

By coupling both perspectives together, the employer and employee can work together to identify goals that align to the employee’s desires, enabling them to be more connected to their job and ultimately the overall vision of the company.

Whilst a deeper level of understanding is required in the communication process, what is even more important is that communication is consistent. Consistent communication can help the conversation to keep flowing, for challenges to be faced head on and resolved and for a greater connection between the employer and employee.

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