Tips To Improve Productivity As A Remote Worker

When it comes to work, we all know that there isn’t any better feeling than accomplishing all the things you have on your plate. With the current remote working situation, it is understandable that you might not  always feel pumped up to work and accomplish the tasks assigned to you.

Sometimes, despite all your attempts to get things done, you might end the day with a backlog of work and no visible progress. The trick lies in not just working hard, but also in working smart. Grinding away at your task is good, but it helps to use a few tips that can make the process of grinding easier and improve your productivity in the workplace.

Keep That Mobile Away

Let us face it. We all get distracted by our mobile phones and the constant notifications we get on them. Hand-held technology is great and I am ready to sing its praises anytime. However, I cannot deny that it is a time and attention suck. For a few hours during the day, forget about your phones existence. Hide it from your sight and get down to work.

Now, not a lot of us are blessed with the ability to single-mindedly focus on a task. But it does not mean that you cannot aim for productivity.

Schedule certain times during the day where you put up an invisible do not disturb zone around yourself. The aim of scheduling a distraction free block of time is so that you can get a good chunk of work done. This might include plugging in your headphones, and keeping your mobile phone away, or turning off the notifications on it, basically making a commitment to yourself to get things done.

Start With The Hardest

Usually, for most employees, productivity is at its peak at the beginning of the day. So, when you start your work in the morning, you are ready to tackle the day and are fairly well rested. That is why it makes sense to get all the big things done first; when you have the energy to tackle them.

As the day passes, it is common for remote working employees to have drained their energy, this is when you focus on the tasks that are on the bottom line of your priorities. You can do tasks that do not require much of your energy or focus.

Get Moving Around

Really, staying stuck in your chair all day is not going to help you be productive. Your lower body is pretty much vegetating while your upper half suffers through plenty of awkward positions. Get up, take a small walk, be it to the restroom, or to the balcony and give your lower half some much needed blood circulation. The simple act of just stepping away from your system can improve your productivity dramatically.

Get Your Beauty sleep

Power-naps are awesome! No really, they are. 15 to 30 minute power naps are refreshing and help you tackle problems with more zeal. If you haven’t slept properly the night before, then that power nap is your body’s chance to re-calibrate and get some rest. Well-rested employees are key to increased productivity.

Decide When To Stop

When you know that you are going wrap up at 7 o’clock in the evening come rain or shine, then there’s a marked tendency to finish your work faster.

Set a wrap-up time and stick to it. That way you will not have to work for extremely long hours either. In any case, it is very important to know when to disconnect, so that you maintain that work-life balance.

Self-Care

Sleep well, eat well, your body is not a machine. It needs rest and it needs food and sleep to function optimally. We realize that it would be great if we could coast through life on a few hours of sleep and minimal amounts of food but reality is different. In order to function with enthusiasm, you need to eat well and sleep well. Treat your body well and your brain will function like a well-oiled machine. – Read more

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A Guide To Manage Your Remote Employees

My Post (13).pngThe COVID-19 pandemic has completely limited our workspace to our homes. Globally, managers and leaders are suddenly finding themselves managing remote teams who are working from locations all over the world. This has created challenges for managers, including those from the HR industry. In this article, we have shared some tips on how to manage your remote team.

Setting Up Remote Work Space

Whenever a new employee joins the organization, the manager works on setting up the workspace, which includes assigning desks, providing laptops or desktops, and other important job-oriented necessities. Similarly, when employees are working from home, they need proper tools and applications to make their work easy. Employees should be able to collaborate and interact with each other easily with the help of these tools. Some of the tools which employees can be given access to, are:

  • Engagedly: A real time performance management software to manage goals, performance reviews, rewards and recognition, and feedback
  • Slack / Zoom / Google Meet: To communicate with each other easily
  • Trello / Basecamp / Asana: For project management

These tools will help in improving employee engagement and productivity for remote employees.

Frequent One-on-Ones

Ensure to engage with your remote employees on a daily or weekly basis. Use emails, Instant Messaging, or Video Conferencing tools to communicate with your employees. As a manager, interact with them to know whether they need any support with their remote working. Keep them informed with all the rules and policy changes of the organization.

Video Conferencing

Conduct your weekly team meetings face-to-face over video conferencing tools, instead of conducting it over a call. As per the Harvard Business Review, when employees connect over a video conference, they feel more engaged and motivated. It sets a personal connection with the teammates, and everyone gets an in-office feeling, although working remotely. Tools such as Zoom, Google Meet, Slack, or Skype can be used for the meetings.

Recognize Success

Employee reward and recognition helps in improving employee engagement, productivity, and lowers the turnover rate. With everyone working from home, it is very common for employees to feel disengaged from time to time. As a manager of a remote team, appreciate and recognize your remote employees whenever possible. It is the best way to keep them engaged and motivated. Since traditional appreciation methods are ineffective in the present circumstances, you can do the following instead: – Read more

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Employee Engagement: The Secret Behind Your Organization’s Success

My Post (17).pngAccording to Gallup, only 33 % of American workers are engaged in their jobs, 52% were “just showing up,” and 17 % described themselves as “actively disengaged”.

So what is Employee Engagement? 

As an HR, you must have heard about employee engagement a lot and surely would have strived to improve it, as it is the secret weapon behind the success of all organizations. Employee engagement is not just how satisfied or happy your employees are while doing their job, or how much work they do, it is much more than that. It is in fact, how well an employee understands the role, work, and organization, and actively works to fulfill the organization’s goal,leading it to the path of success.

Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first,” said Simon Sinek, a renowned British-American author, and motivational speaker who stresses the importance of employee engagement.

Employee engagement is based on trust, integrity, and commitment between the employer and its employee. Support in developing new skills for the employee, make the employee feel part of the team, keep them motivated, involve them in planning, and you will get an engaged and dedicated workforce continuously working to improve the organization’s productivity. 

Let us delve into the reasons why employee engagement is important for every organization.

Productivity of Employees 

A more engaged employee will be highly productive for the organization, than the disengaged ones. They will work faster in less time and make fewer mistakes, thus saving on business hours and money. They are interested in the work they do and feel a sense of pride in doing so. Thus employee engagement and productivity are directly related to each other.

Retention Rate

It is a no-brainer for anyone that an employee who is engaged and connected to the organization and his work, will not leave the organization and thus reduce the cost of employing and training new employees. The employees are satisfied and happy with the work they do so they will remain loyal to the organization. As per a report by Gallup, ‘engaged and thriving’ employees are 59% less likely to leave their jobs, so organizations must keep their employees engaged.

Customer Satisfaction

In the words of the great Richard Branson, “Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.

Satisfied and happy employees will always improve the overall customer satisfaction rate of the company. The goals of an engaged employee are aligned with the organization’s goal, and they go the extra mile to provide better customer experience. The more the number of engaged employees you will have, more will be the returning and new customers.

Reduced Absenteeism

Harvard Business Review reports that absenteeism is 37% more in disengaged employees. Disengaged employees don’t feel a sense of responsibility towards the organization, and they do not think twice before taking leaves. When an employee quits the organization, it is easy to fill the position. But when an employee remains absent, it is difficult to do so, and at the same time the organization has to make sure the work is completed.

Innovation in work

Employee engagement helps in channeling out the best from the employees. They continuously work on improving the products and services of the organization to improve their productivity and thereby leading to innovation in the workplace. – Read more

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