The coronavirus pandemic has thrusted leaders to navigate a terrain that’s never been seen before. Each hour that passes is like a wave from a tsunami storm causing widespread destruction. Just as the waves build up to higher heights as they come closer inland, so too does the pandemic get stronger as it infiltrates the places people congregate the most. Self-quarantine and social distancing are recommended and even mandated in some areas. While a vast number of businesses have been forced to close their doors, others face a different dilemma – the need to learn how to manage remote workers.
As leaders and managers scramble to position their organizations with the proper tools to enable their people to successfully do their work remotely, they must be attentive to implement new practices to continually build a strong communication connection.
As mentioned in a previous Lean In article, it’s imperative to Know Your People Better, Quicker. The need to build a strong communication connection with your people is even more crucial with the sudden change of employees being onsite to now – in a blink of an eye – being offsite and out of sight.
Are you ready for the change? Do you understand how to best communicate with your people? Do you know how to motivate them? Do you know how much stress they can handle before they revert to negative behavior?
If you’ve already implemented a system that consistently builds a strong communication connection with your team members, then you’re more prepared than many. But, if you’re one who hasn’t designed a way to build a stronger communication connection with your people you may be in for a bumpy ride.
Four key points to help you navigate through the storm:
Don’t panic, embrace hope. It’s not too late to learn to implement new strategies.
View the change as an opportunity that will empower you discover and design a plan to make a stronger communication connection.
Deploy action that leads to meaningful results and excellence.
Remember, you’re not alone, we’re #inthistogether!