The ongoing pandemic has brought about a 360 degree change in the ways employees work as well the ways in which they are lead, managed and handled by their team leaders or seniors. In a global scenario, where most of the workforce have had to adjust to working from their homes, the people in-charge of the workforce have had to mould and adapt their leadership skills to suit the online culture wherein their major challenge involved in getting the work done from their teams as a unit, keeping them motivated for uncertain weeks and months, as well as being sensitive to their own personal needs and space as well. Certainly, to lead the team sitting on the cozy couch of the room is nothing less than leading a group of clueless people in the darkness of the night, where one can’t see each other but can hear each other’s voices and work with the only device they have in their hands- smartphones.
Although work from home was a privilege, now it is a new normal.
Even the best of leaders need to gear up their game while being better equipped to handle remotely working employees by motivating and fostering high morale. Running a remote team is not an easy task especially when they are working from home for a sustained amount of period. Here are a few practices that will ensure employees are motivated, productive, and feel valued through these unprecedented times.
As much as this topic has become a cliché in the modern management discussions around the globe, the importance is not diminished of the fact that one of the strengths of today’s growing diversity of global human resources is the fact that diversity brings new perspectives and new workplace solutions in order to manage creative problems. To make it on the table using a variety of staff and staff approaches, the manager must study the frame of reference and the world model, build a more effective working group and actively expand to create a comprehensive and at the same time functional work environment.
“I am a fiercely competitive entrepreneur who wants his startup to grow at a fast rate. I want to be covered by magazines, be on the cover page of publications, outwit my competitors, and be the best in the market. At the same time, I want my team to grow, develop, and enjoy the work in my company. I am not only about bottom lines and revenues. I am also about happy teams and a good work environment. I want my employees to grow, make good money, and live a good life.
”All of your co-workers are fools. You must learn to pity and tolerate them.”
If you guessed where the quote is from you belong to a cult – the Dilbert Cult.
People who read Dilbert strips are an instant convert to the Dilbert cult. So what gets you glued to Dilbert? What makes you sit for hours in one place and read the strips? If it can make you into a follower then imagine the power of Dilbert in your workplace? It can get your employees glued to your company and how.
“I can’t get through his phone, he must be slacking”
“How do we coordinate our work and ensure work is delivered on time?
“I have been working all day, not sure if my team is putting in the same effort.”
Products fail, processes go wrong, only thing that helps a company win is – People and learning is the magic wand that helps develop high performers & loyalists
A friend of mine, an engineer by profession decided to change his stream to become an artist. I was worried about how he would make the transition and how he would survive as an artist. My worries were quickly resolved after I saw a talk on how people can become what they want if they have fair amount of knowledge and passion. Passion he definitely has and knowledgeable – he obviously is.
I believe that advancement in technology is the way forward. There is no turning back from where we are and I won’t be awe-struck to see a day when there may be a technology to contact God too. Ok! That idea maybe a little too farfetched, but you get the drift. We are progressing in terms of technology and every country is gloriously contributing to that pool and India has done some phenomenal contribution too.
I discovered Lean & Six Sigma a few years back. It was not love at first sight, I gradually started to believe in it and use it. Recently, while being exposed to it through my job, I got familiar with Scrum & Agile and yes, this time I fell madly in love. I got certified in both of them, applied both of them separately in different projects and workshops but at some point of time I started asking myself how and if both of them would work together. Could it ever be possible?
“And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM!”.. said William Wallace in the movie – Brave heart.