The coronavirus outbreak has challenged us in ways we never thought possible. More and more of us are working from home. As employees are hunkered down in their home offices, you risk losing cohesion and momentum. As a leader, there are a few things you can do to keep your organization together and reduce isolation during this critical time. Thankfully we have so much technology to help make this possible.
- Show solidarity. Keep your purpose alive and continue to communicate progress made toward achieving your goals. Consider doing this more frequently to help people stay in tune with the larger goals of your organization. Ensure your leadership team is doing the same with each other and with their teams.
- Solicit ideas and feedback. Studies show that innovation declines as people disperse. Now is the time to ratchet up your efforts to find improvement opportunities. It’s also a good time to check in with individual employees and seek feedback. This encourages greater collaboration across your organization – helping people to stay in touch with one another. It also shows you care.
- Remain committed to personal integrity. We have yet to see any widespread opportunism because of this crisis. Continue to pursue your relentless work to eliminate any sign of Integrity Deficit Syndrome in your organization and your community.
I work from my home office nearly every day, so this change doesn’t impact me as much as it might you. I find it is important to build breaks into your day. It’s easy to become so focused on your work that you lose track of time, and before you know it, you’ve been sitting in front of a computer for hours. Set a timer. Take a break. Go for a walk (be safe!). Play with the dog. Play with the kids – they probably need a break, too. These mental breaks are important.
Let’s all hope for a speedy transition through this current situation. In the meantime, be safe and be healthy.
Dedicated to your profitable transformation,