By Michelle Voznyuk, Marketing Consultant at Heinz Marketing
Our team has been working remotely for just over a month now.
At first, it was nice – sleeping in a bit later, no daily commute, working in our pajamas, etc. But as the quarantine continues, it seems to get increasingly more difficult to feel OK about staying at home.
We’ve been trying our best to keep spirits high and continue to foster company culture, even though we aren’t physically together. Here are some tips I wanted to share on how to keep encouraging your teammates throughout this tough time:
Invest in each other’s well-being
Things are hard right now. And they aren’t normal. We all cope differently and are experiencing our own, individual challenges during this time. One of the best things you can do for your team is invest in their well-being. At the end of the day, their physical, mental, and emotional health are essential. Check in on each other regularly, and make sure everyone feels supported. It’s OK for things to get a little personal, and even uncomfortable at times– we’re all human.
Give ample amounts of grace
While you’re still working, it’s not business-as-usual. We’ve been echoing a quote we heard recently that stated “you are not working from home. You are at home, during a crisis, trying to work”. This is so incredibly important to remember right now. The reality is that there are probably some people on your team who are trying really hard to keep the boat afloat right now– juggling both their own work and their kids’ schoolwork for the next couple of months. Give each other ample amounts of grace during this time. Yes, someone’s kid might dance in the background of your zoom call and cause a distraction. But chances are, they’re doing the best they can.
Continue to give praise to one another
When we’re in the office, we have a team tradition of giving out helmet stickers when team members demonstrate our core values. But just because we aren’t together right now, doesn’t mean we should stop giving praise to one another. If anything, it’s more important than ever. Whatever your method is to give props to your teammates, you should continue to support each other and acknowledge great work.
Ask how you can help
With us all dispersed, it’s sometimes hard to tell what the workload looks like for each of our teammates. Some of us might be overwhelmed, trying to keep our head above the water, while others are struggling to find work. Communication is key here. If you find yourself with a lot of free time, extend a helping hand. Make it clear to your team and/or manager that you are available and willing to help. Having each other’s backs will help everyone feel better supported.
Feel free to use these tips and find what works best for you and your team. And if you have any other ideas, we’d love to hear from you! Drop a note in the comments section below.