The statements:

  • I understand how our work policies apply to me at this time. 
  • I have been given the flexibility I need to do my job effectively.
  • Right now, thinking about work exhausts me.

If most employees have agreed with the first two statements and indicated disagree with the last one:

They seem to be adjusting well to the changes in their daily work life. Their responses indicate that they have the flexibility they need to handle the changes they are experiencing and have the bandwidth to still focus on work. Understanding how policies apply during this time is also helping them adjust to the situation. Continue to enable flexibility and respond to the daily work needs of your team during this time. 

If most employees disagreed with the first two statements and agreed with the last one:

They are noticing the impact of the recent changes in their daily work. Keep in mind that many employees are facing remote work for the first time and balancing work priorities with the impact on their personal life - canceled school, daycare availability, and travel restrictions.

Best Practices for Leaders

Emplify is committed to supporting leaders and employees during this time. Here are some of the best practices we've shared internally as we all learn and adapt to the changes we're facing:

Sync as a Team Daily
Schedule a morning standup every day with your team (use tools like Zoom or Google Meet) to clarify daily goals and priorities, encourage and socialize.

Check-in with Employees Individually
Personal daily check-in (video whenever possible if you're remote) between each manager and each of their direct reports. Consistently ask team members what obstacles they are facing and how remote work is going, if applicable.

Stay Focused
Continue to focus on daily activity, priority initiatives and OKR’s for the quarter.

Prioritize Feedback
Continue or even increase feedback to your team during this time. Consider over-communication with the intent of collaboration and relationship-building (including written communication / weekly / bi-weekly write-ups if prudent).

Resources We've Found Helpful for Remote Work

7 Immediate Tips for Managing Your Newly Remote Team
[Blog] Every day, more leaders are doing their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by enforcing a fully remote culture. Here are a few practical tips to help your team work remotely and not miss a beat. Read More...

Crushing Loneliness Through Virtual Connections
[Article] It’s fairly well documented that one of the biggest challenge people face with distributed working is loneliness . Now, thanks to COVID-19, a whole swath of new folks are going to discover this too. Read More...

Immediate Insights for Managing Your Now Remote Workforce
[Podcast] In this special edition of Insights we are providing tips on how to manage a remote workforce. Listen Now...

Leading Remote Workers: The Coronavirus’ Impact On Effective Management
[Article] From Twitter to Google and Facebook to Amazon, the rise of COVID-19 has prompted many companies to ask some or all of their employees to work from home.
For leaders whose teams normally share an office, this can present a host of new challenges. Read More...

These Tools Will Make Your Remote Work Transition Easier
[Article] As the coronavirus outbreak continues (even appearing in newsrooms), organizations are asking employees to work from home when they can.
For some, this may mean discovering gaps in your toolstacks. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of tools that might help you address different needs your team may have in staying connected and effective at work. Read More...

Resources We've Found Helpful for Working from Home with Children

Working from Home with Kids
[Article] While most parents have worked from home with their kids for the occasional sick day or weather-related school closure, the prospect of doing so for weeks on end amid long-term school closures is especially daunting. Read More...

How To Work From Home With Kids Around
[Article] As schools close, people get serious about social distancing and workplaces mandate going remote, the coronavirus presents us with yet another twist — doing all the things at the same time. Read More...

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