Last week we discussed some of the best methods and practices for enabling your team to work from home efficiently, which was met with a great reception (thank you, you lovely people!). Continuing on from this, here is part two in our working from home saga.
Firstly, let’s look at trust
As with any business, there’s a degree of trust between employer and employee that you will both do your best to support eachother and work together; one key part of this is not micromanaging.
Most of us have seen Office Space (a cult classic, of course) and know just how annoying micro-managing can be can in an office environment – now imagine how that must be at home. Having your manager or your boss ringing you every 5 minutes to make sure you’re doing your job is not only distracting, but it can really Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Instead you need to make sure that there’s a strong degree of trust among your team; as a manager, set milestones and goals to make sure your team are on-track, and check-in occasionally (i.e. give your team some real breathing space) – be clear about your expectations and results should follow.
Hold a morning catch-up call
With everyone working from home, people don’t always find the time to air their thoughts properly.
By having a morning catch-up call (either privately, or as a team) it adds some consistency to your team members’ day. During this meeting you can talk about whatever you like, whether it’s to do with current project statuses and updates, or how people are feeling that morning, but the important thing is that you’re all getting some human contact.
On top of that, this is a great chance for your team to say what’s not working. Whether it’s a practice/ethic/business process, or an issue with software/hardware, everyone can communicate and you can see if there are common issues among them. This really helps to make sure everyone is able to work to their fullest extent without hinderance.
That’s part 2 complete, which means our trio ends next week.
Look out for our next post (coming next week) where we discuss what can be done from a user’s perspective to get the best home working setup.