Rainmaker has developed a white paper to support senior leaders responding to COVID-19. It explores the current issues faced by organisations adapting to remote working and team management. The guide also outlines high level strategies, new ways of working and operating that will enable teams to stay engaged, connected and productive during the pandemic and beyond.
Mental and physical wellbeing are key issues that are being further exacerbated by the stress and uncertainty of the COVID-19 outbreak. Prior to the pandemic, 1 in 6 people in England reported experiencing a common mental health problem. This is now increasing as people struggle juggling work, children being home, buying groceries, helping relatives and feeling more socially isolated.
“COVID-19 has thrust us into physical isolation and distancing. Organisations need to ensure that new working practices are designed to prevent it being social isolation too.”
New ways of working.
Current in-office work practices do not directly translate into remote working practices. Keeping everyone across email chains and in the loop with one-on-one phone conversations or meetings is not sustainable. Nor are days of back-to-back video conference calls, they frustrate and drain people, causing patience to wear thin. Tools and approaches need to be put in place that not only support flexibility in location, but also in availability or time of day.
To be successful in a post-COVID work world, our approach must shift to be about outcomes and not time and place. This is work redefined.
Remote wellbeing is key.
Once you’ve created new remote ways of working, it’s incredibly important to overlay wellbeing elements as well. These will be the glue that binds you all together and allows everyone to have the mental and physical wellness to continue to successfully work together, apart.
Organisations can support wellbeing through organising remote activities like virtual team bike rides, yoga, meditation or pilates classes, happy hours and coffee breaks. These activities will all create live banter, social interaction and a feeling of camaraderie which will have a fundamentally positive effect on both physical and mental health.
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