Team management has always been a key point for the success of any company, but managing work teams in coronavirus season is complicated if we don’t have effective strategies. Especially in those companies that keep telework as a prevention measure against the virus, and do not have the possibility of workers being kept together in the same physical space.
The coronavirus has definitively implemented telework in Spain,but the difficulty is that many Spanish companies have never teleworkedbefore, and now all kinds of doubts arise about how to manage work teams effectively.
Aware of this situation, in this post we will share a series of effective strategies to manage work teams in the post-coronavirus era,which will surely serve as a ‘roadmap to follow’ and will be of great help.
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Tips for managing teams in coronavirus times
The most important thing to manage work teams is for your workers to trust you and feel supported. In this post-coronavirus era you must be present and communicate with them constantly to prevent them from feeling forgotten or less linked to the company.
It would also be advisable send or convey positive messages and hope in the face of the difficult economic situation, and even send them messages of thanks for the effort made by each worker, as this will make them much more relieved and motivated, and make them see that their work and dedication are recognized; which will help maintain productivity in the business.
That said, let’s look at some of the most effective strategies for managing work teams after coronavirus:
1. Give guidelines and tips for teleworking
There will be many employees who have never teleworked before and will have difficulty organizing, so it would be advisable to give a series of guidelines and advice to your workers to help them work fromhome, and even give them the opportunity to take an online training course aimed at teaching them how to organize their time more effectively.
One of the key points is to encourage the realization of the most complex tasks in the most productivehours, which are usually the early hours of the morning.
2. Advise physical exercise routines
Due to the coronavirus crisis the lives of many workers have fallen into sedentary lifestyle,which directly affects daily work, reducing their productivity and concentration, and increasing the risk of disease.
Therefore, it is important to talk to workers and advise them on exercise routines that they can do from home and are fully compatible with the work. This way you’ll make them feel much better physically and disconnect from work, resulting in greater positivity and productivity.
3. Boosts the use of virtual communication channels
Telework is possible and is shown as a very effective formula thanks to the multiple virtual communication channels that exist, and that allow to maintain good communication between workers,transmitting closeness and facilitating the understanding between different teams and / or departments.
That’s why you need to boost the use of virtual communicationchannels, beyond email, that allow you to keep in touch and even see faces. Good use of these channels will speed up and improve the effectiveness of communications.
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4. Plan weekly
To avoid risks and ensure increased productivity, it is important to carry out weekly planning – at the beginning of each week, for example – taking into account the needs that may arise in that week during working days.
In this way, the organization of the work will be much more effective,and your workers will be clear about what tasks they will have to face each week, being easier to meet the times and the objectives set.
5. Control the productivity of your workers
It’s true that workers deserve to put your trust in them, but it’s also true that teleworking is important to control the productivity of your workers,to avoid being over-trusted or falling into demotion, which would directly affect your business.
You must continue to record the working day of each employee with telework,since in addition to being mandatory,it will also serve you to maintain employee productivity.
6. Mark goals
As we mentioned earlier, following weekly planning, one of the key points for managing work teams in the post-coronavirus era is set clear goals for your employees, asthis will make it clear what they should do and make it much easier for them to organize to achieve those goals.
7. Increases cybersecurity
With telework, security risks multiply,as each employee can use their own computer or work equipment, which may not be properly protected.
Therefore, it is essential to increase cybersecurity,making available to your workers different antivirus systems and protection software that can prevent any possible attack, which can seriously affect company information.
These are some of the most effective strategies for managing work teams in post-coronavirus times, which we believe will help you maintain communication with your employees and allow you to ensure productivity at this difficult time.